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adiangr adiangr is offline
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Default Dual Boot OSX with Existing Vista? - 05-18-2009, 11:48 PM

Hello all,
I'm considering adding OSX to my Mini 9 and was wondering what the best approach would be.

I have a 64GB Runcore running Vista taking up about 15 GB.

What is my best dual-boot approach assuming that I need to retain my Vista install? (I have access to a Mac so hopefully the install will be a little easier)

Can I :
1. Image existing Vista installation Using Acronis True Image
2. Mount the Runcore on the Mac as an external Disk
3. Using Disk Utility, repartion the Runcore for 32Gb Mac and remaining Windows
4. Install OSX using lantzn's guide:
5. Restore Vista Image into the Windows partition

Also, where would the Installation of the Chameleon bootloader fit into this process?

(as you can guess I'm a little new to the dual-boot process)

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clubsunnyside clubsunnyside is offline
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Default 05-19-2009, 02:29 AM

This is exactily what I am trying to do, except with Windows 7, I have access to a Mac, but also can't figure out where the EFI bootloader comes in. I have already installed OS X using the Mac method, and it works, no issues at all. Once you put in the boot loader, it gives you an option to select a boot disk (if you hit any key durring the Chameleon loading process). I have a working Win 7 USB boot disk and figure if I use the Mac to format the drive correctly, install OS X, and then install Win 7 on the second partition on the Mini, it should work. But the EFI may not supprot non OSX boots. I guess it will take a trial and error run.

Dell Mini 9 / Black / 32gb Runcore / 2gb Ram / OSX 10.5.7 /
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mfruit mfruit is offline
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Default 05-19-2009, 05:51 AM

Chameleon works but breaks Windows hibernation. You can use a Windows bootloader like EasyBCD to retain Windows hibernation.

Lotsa multi-boot threads:

Woooohoooooo dual booting os x & xp on the runcore!
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