i have a compaq mini 702ea. i have read all the guides for installing mac osx. I agree the iAtkos v7 is the easiest.
I want to be able to install windows 7 / Mac OS X / MIE (linux) . i am not clear as to how to format my hard drive.
I am just a newbie in this discussion myself but...
I was wondering if there is a "best strategy" for partitioning the 60gb hard drive. How do i go about that? How much space do i allocate for each ?
I have personally had a lot more experience with Linux than with Windows, and almost none at all with MacOSX, but I think that this depends on two factors:
- minimal space to properly run each OS
- which OS to 'favor' for extra disk space
The 'easiest' suggestion is to simply divide your 60gb drive into 3 pieces of 20gb each (or maybe 4, since that is the limit to the number of 'physical' partitions that you can have). That is basically what I did with my 60gb drive -- I had gotten the impression that OSX needed at *least* 15gb, so I gave it 20gb. I do not know what the minimum is for Win7.
what type of format for each system to allow access from within any o/s?
I know that 'ntfs' is standard for WinXP, but I don't know about Win7. For OSX, using 'Disk Tools' you have to reformat anyways to HFS+ (right?). For Linux, 'ext3' is a good choice for regular disk drives (I have not tried the newer 'ext4' myself yet). Linux distributions typically let you re-partition and re-format anyways.
Which bootloader is best? What software should i use for partitioning the hard drive?
From my limited time in this 'OSX' experiment, it looks like the choice of the bootloader is taken out of your hands (at least I didn't appear to have any choice when I tried both iAtkos and iDeneb). In the end, for me, since Linux was intentionally the 3rd OS that I installed, I wanted 'grub' to be the final installed bootloader so that it could boot each of the others. In my case, it did not automatically add an entry for OSX, but it was trivially easy for me to do that myself after the fact.
EDIT: Most Linux distributions come with a GUI tool named 'GParted', which makes it quite easy to re-partition a computer hard drive -- including the ability to shrink an NTFS partition (i.e. for WinXP -- for Win7 I think that more issues are involved, so be careful).