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Re: dual-boot: how to combine windows xp and os x in 1 large ssd - 05-11-2009, 06:31 PM
ok, here we go, another dual-boot win xp and os x.
a. why dual-boot win xp and os x?
because windows is still "needed" sometimes. if you say you don't, then you're one of the few lucky ones and you don't need this guide. how about vista and win7? vista is too much load for the mini 9 (imho), and win7 is still beta. os x? coz it's an awesome os.
b. the requirements are too much, no?
yes, because to be able to dual-boot means running 2 independent operating systems. for most people, the windows xp is a "freebie" system already running on their ssd. this guide says back it up (more than once to be safe), then follow the comprehensive how-to install os x, then back that up also. or, you can have STiMULi install os x for you i-will-install-your-osx-if-you-need-help--t7537s50.html the instruction steps 7-11 assumes ability to install os x, though.
the preferable and safe method is to have a separate ssd for win xp and os x. just sell both ssd's later after you successfully get the dual-boot working on the big ssd.
the reward: to have a 2-pound notebook (netbook) computer that is actually 2 computers in 1. you can go to a lot of places, whether it's business setting or creative setting and know you have a very good resource for either one.
i made a lot of mistakes, so if you follow the steps in the same order i listed and using the same tools, you (hopefully) won't make the ones i made that cost me a lot of time. also, since my level of programming skill is limited to batch files (dos) there is no programming needed to complete this guide. modifying the boot.ini (for winxp) is the closest to programming this will get.
details of the steps:
notes: win xp driveimage backup will not restore to a smaller partition. a separate thread can be started on how to shrink the xp partition so that the driveimage backup will be of this small partition.
1. so, you have your win xp the way you like it? you got all your apps loaded? everything running fine? good. we're going to boot to a bartpe cd/usb that has driveimage xml plugin. when booting to bartpe, make sure you don't plug in the external drive (target for backup) until bartpe has started to boot as the mini-9 may try to boot from the external drive causing problems to the boot process. google driveimage xml (which has the instructions for creating bartpe bootable cd/usb) google bartpe (if needed). bartpe cd/usb can be created using the winxp home sp3 that came with the dell mini 9.
2. well, you didn't get os x 10.56 by magic, but it's good that you're here. so, you have your os x the way you like it? you got all your apps loaded? everything running fine? good. plugin your "sacrificial" drive. this drive can be a 16gb flash, but i don't think it can be a sdhc memory, as step 9a may not be able to see the sdhc memory. open up time-machine and backup the entire system to the "sacrificial drive.
2a. pretty self-explanatory
3. google gparted. gparted makes partitions that are "friendly" to bartpe/driveimage xml. make sure you eject any sdhc card you have.
4. we're going to boot to a bartpe cd/usb that has driveimage xml plugin. when booting to bartpe, make sure you don't plug in the external drive (source of backup) until bartpe has started to boot as mini 9 may try to boot from the external drive causing problems to the boot process. use driveimage xml to restore to disk0#1 ntfs partition (per step 3b)
5. optional, but needed if you backed up the original windows xp that came with the mini 9, it was on partition 2. reboot to bartpe (no need to plugin the external drive). go to the command prompt and execute the following: 1. c: [return] 2. attrib boot.ini -h -s -r [return] 3. notepad boot.ini and modify the partition(2) to partition(1) two instances. save and exit notepad. 4. attrib boot.ini +h +s +r
6. pretty self-explanatory
7. pretty self-explanatory (assumes you know how to install os x)
8. pretty self-explanatory (assumes you know how to install os x)
9 pretty self-explanatory (assumes you know how to install os x)
10. boot to the ssd by selecting 80, and you should see both win xp and os x, may need to do -x or -f (or both) to boot to os x
11. pretty self-explanatory (assumes you know how to install os x)
12. pretty self-explanatory
12a. pretty self-explanatory
all done. the good news, is that if for any reason you ever need to restore windows xp or os x, you know how to do it and you have the backup. you also have the tools to backup win xp separately and os x separately as you need to. i actually had to restore my windows xp from a driveimage backup as i got hit by a virus (eventhough i have mcafee). i borrowed an infected usb, and mcafee alerted me, but i continued working and i guess it was active in the memory. i noticed i coldn't open usb or sdhc drives, and autorun.inf and recycler kept getting created. both hidden. anyway, i restored a driveimage backup i had and it was fine. no more virus.
my notebook: dell inspiron 11z - 11.6" display | intel core i3 330um | 6gb ddr3 ram | 80gb Intel ssd | Linux Mint 12 OS - Cinnamon 1.4 [Virtual Machine - WinXP SP3]
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