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So i'm getting ready to do the iAtkos 1.0i installation of leopard. I've partitioned my drive (20 gig partition labelled (F:)), have downloaded the .ISO (took nearly 4 days...) and have burned that ISO to a disk using CDburnerXP. I'm just a little hesitant to install the OS because I really..erm...really don't want to lose my hold on Vista. I might just be a little nervous because of all the horror i've gone through with losing OS's (for blatantly stupid reasons) in the past. I would like to install leopard and dual boot it with Vista, but I feel like the way i'd *like* to do it is a bit more romantic and simple than it really is. I kinda invisioned popping the disk in, booting off of it and immedaitely having the installer ask me "Where would you like us to install leopard to, bud? C or F? take your time-don't worry about it!". I'd go through the installation (using F ((the partioned drive) of course), would play around and then restart my computer. Then i'd be able to pick whether I want to boot off of C or F, and all would be fine and dandy in the worlds of Vista and Leopard. Sadly i think i'm a bit mistaken, and theres more to it than that...is there? I'm sorry if what i'm asking for his been stated several hundred times...just so nervous ;)

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My recommendation would be NOT to use your "current" hard drive. Get another one and play with installing on it. The only way I would ever install this to a drive with my "working" system would be to make clone of that drive first and the test install on the cloned hard drive. There is a fair bit of a learning curve to all this so be prepared to spend time figuring it all out.

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dual booting leopard and vista on one drive can be done and its not all that dangerous if you know what you are doing. my recommendation would be to get a really cheap IDE drive, put it an external enclosure and use that to play around with. this is the method that i'm using and its great. i can play around with leopard all i want and as long as a unplug my internal drive before performing any installs and stuff, there's nothing to worry about. its actually a really good setup...if my external drive is turned on, then my computer boots into leopard, if its turned off, then my computer will boot into vista.

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Well, what I would recommend is to format your F: as FAT32. Leopard's installer's Disk Utility will show the FAT32 partition and allow you to format it to a Mac OS Extended Journaled partition.

 

Follow the readme / install instructions on setting up EFI (over at the uphuck forums) and if you do everything correctly, the Darwin Bootloader should list Windows Vista as a foreign OS to boot.

 

I, however, have not tried this with Windows Vista, only with XP.

 

Good luck.

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