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dual booting osx and win xp without formating the drive

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hello, i currently have a 120gb drive taht i ahve spilt into 3 partitions, my windows xp where i ahve stored my information such as photos svideos. and i dont want them deleted is there a way to just format one of my drives and leave my windows drive unaffected. example, windows is installed on drive can i just format drive e and install osx on that. if you can then i can i know how. many thanks in advance and any help will be greatly appreciated.

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by drive, do you mean the partition or an actual seperate hard drive? you can just use Partition Magic, Gparted Live CD, or even the osx install disk. you should check out the tutorials section, there are things about this everywhere

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no wht i meant is that i have 1 drive that has 3 partitions. and i have windows xp on partition c, and i was wonderingif i could just format an already partioned area and do a dualboot?.

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Yes. When you boot up the OSX installer DVD and get into the installer, the first thing to do is to format a partition in HFS+ format to put OSX on. You do this by going to the Utilities menu and selecting Disk Utility. You select the partition on the left. On the right, be sure the format is set to MacOS Extended Journaled and then click Erase.

 

Later in the installation, before clicking the Install button, you want to first click the Customize button and choose packages that pertain to your computer. You have to click on the little arrows to reveal the packages.

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Remember, as you've already got 3 partitions you don't need to change the partition tables at all.

Do not delete any partitions. Just remember which partition to erase, and boot up the OSX86 install disc.

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ok thnx,no its just that every guide i read its telling me to do new partiitons and i was just wodering thnks brothers!

 

oh yea theres one more thing then how do i install cent os. so i just pretend to install windows first and then mac osx since all the guides tell me to intall osx first.

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