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Default Setup a dualboot: OSX - Windows 7 - 05-17-2009, 07:42 PM

I would like to set up a dual boot with windows 7 on my Dell Mini 9 with Mac OS X. The SSD is already formatted as GUID and I don't want to reinstall from the beginning. Is possible to make a dualboot without lose the head?

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Default 05-17-2009, 08:08 PM

If you already have OS X on it, take an image of it. Install Windows 7 as shown in some of the guides on here (you use W7 to configure the partitions), then restore the image on the designated OS X partition rather than installing. Not terribly difficult, but it is time consuming, and avoids a reinstall of OS X.

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Default 05-17-2009, 08:26 PM

The way I did it -> OSX first, Win7 second, with EASYBCD to manage the boot process.
It was pretty straight forward. Once/if you have OSX already installed, I would:

1. use OSX to create a new partition (FAT) - should be >10Gb (OSX DiskUtility was more user-friendly for me; couldn't get Windows to figure out what a GUID is ... dumb)
2. then install Win7 and let it erase the new partition, reformat with NTFS and then install itself
3. (optional): find EasyBCD 2.0 beta on the web and use it to manage the dual-boot
(NOTE: if not using EasyBCD, you can just use Darwin, but I don't find it as "pretty").

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Anyway, this worked for me .... but I cannot guarentee, given differing opinions and hardware/software setups, that this will work for you. Just be careful not to screw up your original partition with OSX on it. Duh!!

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