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I just happen to read it a few times, saying OS X needs an OWN Hard Drive, one that's not shared..

 

But when I read some of the instalation guides here, actually one; [http://forum.insanelymac.com/index.php?showtopic=11339&st=0], I notice that the 'own hdd' hasn't even be mentioned!

 

So my question is, is a normal FAT32 partition ok enough? (there's a 2nd partition on the same hdd, an NFTS with windows on it.)

 

sorry if my question has allready beeen asked. I did a search but couldn't find anything clear about it.

 

Cheers,

 

zizou

 

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OSX doesn't need it's own hard drive. Most of the guides here only discuss putting OSX on a partition on the same hard drive as Windows.

 

When you make the partition, make sure it is a primary partition, not logical/extended - although one guide recommends installing to a logical partition and then converting it to primary afterwards. It should not follow any logical/extended partitions. Format the partition as FAT32. Set its label or type to AF. Set it to active.

 

The first step of installing OSX involves using Disk Utility (found in the Utilities menu of the installer) to format the partition to a Mac-compatible format of MacOS Extended Journaled (known as HFS+).

 

Later in the installation, before clicking the Install button, first click the Customize button. Select packages for your computer. Click the little arrow beside the patches category to reveal the individual packages. Select Intel or AMD packages, not both. Select SSE2 or SSE3, not both, depending upon the capability of your processor. Select the Combo Update to get the latest version of OSX. Select other packages only if you are sure your computer can use them.

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Those with much more knowledge than I can give advice on how to manage multiple OS installs (including OSX86) on a single hard drive.

 

My advice, though, is this: With even large desktop hard drives now very inexpensive, an install strategy worth considering is to use 3 or more hard drives and use one for a Windows, linux, etc. in any combination.

Hard drive #2 is for OSX86 on a single HFS+ partition & hard drive #3 is also a single HFS+ partition, used for a back-up OSX86 install. IF you are really going to get into running OSX86 on non-Apple hardware, you will find it VERY useful to have a back-up install on which to try patches and updates BEFORE changing your primary drive. When you have problems with a change on your backup install you can easily boot into your primary OSX86 install and make necessary repairs.

 

;)

 

G

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Thanks for the quick reply.

 

I think, wel I'm pretty sure, I've formatted the partitions correctly, last question is;

 

Can I put the partition on active whenever right now? Or just before I want to reboot to instal it? (there's an option to do it through windows, but it warns you with some {censored} about not being able to boot after)

 

to Guilliamo,

 

Sounds good to me, though I only have 1 Hard drive, wel, and I have this USB hdd (150gigs) where I keep my backups, so it indeed might be good to put a backup os there..

 

anyway, Thanks for the help, I should be able to instal it pretty soon =D

 

Cheers,

 

zizou

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