Dual Booting All discussion on Dual Booting 2 operating systems (or even more!) on the Dell Mini
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Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Upstate New York
02-03-2011, 10:03 AM
Firstly welcome to the forums, I myself don't post to often as I tend to thread hop learning all I can. Secondly, about dual booting OSX and Windows 7. There are many guides floating around at this time however I just did a fresh install of both OSX 10.6.0 updated to 10.6.6 and windows 7.
First let me say if you have access to a mac, (hackintosh or the nice shiny one,) get yourself a 16GB usb drive and prepare the drive for single usb drive install. My first time setting up my hackintosh i had a netbook installer and an OSX snow Leopard usb and it becomes a hassle. I keep my all in one drive in the desk incase i need it and use it for nothing else. Now on to the actually dual booting steps i use.
Once you have gotten into the OSX installer get into the disk utility app, (/utilities/disk utility.) Here set up your partition table to 2 partitions. Your first is for OSX, label as you like and set the size as you like (stock mini 10v hd i used 150 GB today,) and select Mac OS Extended (journaled.) Set the second partition as MS-DOS (FAT.)Partition the drive. Continue your OSX install. Once completed go ahead and set up your Mac install, username wifi etc. Once you hit the desktop run NBI, then shutdown the computer. swap your install usb's and turn computer back on booting into the windows 7 installer.
Now as you stated you had to format the partition of windows and you will still have to do this as Win 7 must be installed on the ntfs format. Format the partition and install windows 7. Once completed the system will reboot, and you will notice that it will boot directly to windows 7 chameleon bootloader gone oh no. Not really, Win 7 replaced set the windows partition as active thus using windows bootloader. Shutdown the computer and boot into the OSX installer again, this time open utilities/terminal and follow this guide to set your Mac partition as active.
[How to] Setting Your Partition "Active" Using Fdisk in MacOSX - InsanelyMac Forum
Reboot your system and remove the OSX install media. Now on boot up you will get a harddrive with a progress bar, if you hit space bar you get the dual boot option arrow to your windows partition and your good to go.
The nice thing about this method is that you don't need any additional software such as paragon, of course if your not into activating the partitions as you stated then that is a good route to use. Either way it gets the job done :-)
On a side note, Windows xp says it needs at least 16GB as you can see i used far less then that, as OSX is my primary OS at this point, i really only use windows for bridging the wifi to ethernet for my xbox. Which i can do with OSX also however, what a pain in the rear it is as you basically have to set up a completely different network just for the mac and the xbox to use, then share the internet connection. I have a windows server with my movies and such and i cant access the server with that method lol, so windows method it is. Thank you for your explanation of dual booting as its always nice to learn another method though.
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