Ubuntu / Apple :: Triple Boot With Data Partition?

Nov 13, 2010

I've been tinkering for over a week to try and get a functioning triple boot + shared data working. i've hit a road block. i'm using reFIt with SnowLeopard/W7/10.10. i can't get into ubuntu

*** Report for internal hard disk ***
Current GPT partition table:
# Start LBA End LBA Type
1 40 409639 EFI System (FAT)
2 409640 390772495 Mac OS X HFS+
3 391034640 781659639 Basic Data


OSX and Windows are fine. but whenever i select linux, it boots directly into windows. i'm hoping i don't need to install GRUB2 to the windows partition as that would defeat the purpose of reFIt (would it not?)


Ubuntu / Apple :: Triple Boot OSX - PCBSD ?

Feb 22, 2011

I wondered whether it is possible to add a PC-BSD system to my existing OS X 10.6.6 + UBUNTU (using rEFIt)

How to resize the partition with linux and installing PC-BSD 8.1 on my Mac?

First I installed OS X and updated it to 10.6.6

Then I created a BOOTCAMP-Partition using the bootcamp-utility

Then I installed rEFIt

Then I installed UBUNTU (and the dual-boot works very well)

Now I want to add a PC-BSD

May I change the partition-size of the UBUNTU-partition without destroying MBR oder rEFIt? If yes, will rEFIt recognize the newly installed PC-BSD?

Its sort of OSX+Multi-Linux. There is a wonderful page at [url] but unfortunately the section is not updated yet.

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Feb 5, 2010

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Aug 2, 2011

I've been running Ubuntu for some time on an old MacBook 3,1. It has been a happy OSX / 10.04 dual boot. I'm attempting a triple boot: OSX / Ubuntu 10.04 / Ubuntu 10.10. The partition scheme is similar to this, I've lost exact partition sizes:

1 20.5kB 210MB 210MB fat32 EFI System Partition boot
2 210MB 32.9GB 32.7GB hfs+ Untitled
3 33.1GB 33.2GB 105MB ext2 Untitled
4 33.2GB 33.9GB 734MB linux-swap(v1) Untitled


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Mar 12, 2011

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Mar 24, 2011

I have installed reFIT-based triple boot. Here is the partition scheme:1. GPT Protective Partition (GPT and MFT). Mac OS X (GPT and MFT)3. Windows 7 64-bit C: (GPT and MFT)4. Windows 7 64-bit D: (GPT and MFT)5. Ubuntu 10.04 / (only GPT)6. Ubuntu 10.04 swap (only GPT)Windows only supports MFT and thus sees last two partitions (5 and 6) as unallocated space. Can I somehow make it see these partitions to be able to access files from Ubuntu?P.S. I know this is rather Windows problem, but I don't know any good forums where I can ask that, because mostly on these forums the answer is "Why would you need anything but Windows?".

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Nov 1, 2010

I've looked everywhere for a satisfactory answer, to no avail. I wish to triple boot xp/98/ubuntu 10.10. Is this an appropriate HDD setup? (it looks like this in partition magic pro srever 8.05)

*:SYSTEM........ NTFS......... primary ..........(for xp)
C:WIN98......... fat32 .........primary,active (for win98 )
*:UBUNTU....... LinuxExt3 ...Primary ..........(for Maverick Meerkat)
.........* Extended
............. *:SWAPSPACE2.... Linux swap .....logical
. ...........D: DATA................. fat32............. logical (for all things backup)

There is nothing on any of the drives at this point. (I am submitting this on a crappy 233mhz win95 laptop)

Here's the information i've gathered so far... Install in the following order: 98, XP, Ubuntu XP's drive label MUST be "SYSTEM" (I think?) Installing multiple os's is easy (i've read) if you hide unused partitions during install (ie. if installing XP, hide C:WIN98 and *:UBUNTU partitions) but i can only do this with FAT formats, and if i do that, the dirve letter changes, which is a problem (i suppose i could manually hide/unhide, and set active the partition I want at every boot-up....(Damn))

And here's a couple more questions SHOULD I make everything fat32? do they have to be primary to boot? ('98 on an inactive partition won't load) Once they are all installed... where do i put grub? Do i put it in first? Also, I deleted my dell utility partition to do this, is that a problem? (LOL, I have NO idea what I'm doing...Fck)

Like i said, finding information about the partition setup (logical/primary) is damn near impossible. Even if it's just a "Ya that'll do for a setup"

I'm gonna keep experimenting, since there's no longer anything to lose on my HDD, and i'll report back any improvements I come across

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Oct 5, 2009

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May 29, 2010

I am triple booting

Windows xp
UBUNTU 10.04
Fedora 13

Everything works fine, the setup went very well. But I got to thinking (A dangerous thing for me). In Ubuntu I am using separate partitions for / (root) and /home. I was wondering, during install of Fedora, could I use the separate partition I am using now for both root and /home for just / (root) and use the Ubuntu /home partition for Fedora (set the mount point for /home to the same partition as I did for Ubuntu and not format the drive)? This would allow me to seamlessly use the /home partition and not require duplication of files. I can mount the Ubuntu /home dir while in Fedora.I can share the /home partition with two different installs of Ubuntu (been there).

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Dec 24, 2010

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1. Is there a way to use Boot Camp?

2. I know how to use Mac with the windows xp bootloader. How can i put Ubuntu in too? I got this thing about taking 512 megabytes of the bootloader grub or something like that but I don't get it.

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May 16, 2010

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WARNING: GPT (GUID Partition Table) detected on '/dev/sda'! The util fdisk doesn't support GPT. Use GNU Parted.


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Dec 19, 2010

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Note: I am on vacation from school at the moment and my live cds for Mac are in my dorm.

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Feb 1, 2010

Few days back i was searching for triple booting my mac through this ubuntu forum.and i ran into command name bless

it was like : bless /dev/disk0s3 --setboot -- device --verbose

i ran it on the terminal after booting it from a Leopard installation DVD in a hope to run linux on my macbook(macbook white..intel m/c 160gb HD..2 GB RAM) after trying all the stuff and eventually everything has stopped booting neither leopard nor windows. i can see the grub for ubuntu loading up but after selecting the option for ubuntu, ubuntu is also not working.

i was using refit as well.i cannot even boot from my leopard installation dvd..windows that was priorly installed using bootcamp is corrupted too.

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So I repartitioned my mac hard drive using the disk utility in my mac os. Shrink the mac HD and created a new partition for ubuntu. I installed Ubuntu and everything works fine and it was be able to boot back into mac yesterday. However, this morning, when I was holding down the ALT key at startup trying to go into my mac, no boot options come up, it automatically goes into the ubuntu boot option (grub 2) and i tried to go into the mac osx on sda2 from grub2 but it'll take a very long time and nothing boots up. It just says 'waiting for root devices'. Do I need to insert the mac cd and try to repair the system? All my files and partition are still there so I think its not completely gone.

ps. I have the newest macbook version (6.1?)

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I am dual booting Ubuntu 9.10 with ext4 and OS X with hfs+, and I'm getting tired of having to go through Open Firmware, rEFIt, and GRUB to boot to Ubuntu by default. I've done a lot of digging, and my results appear to be inconclusive. I have, however, been able to hypothesize that the reason that I cannot set my ext4 partition as the Startup Disk (via OS X settings) is because OS X does not know how to read ext4. I believe that the Startup Disk settings work by writing to Open Firmware, so I'm thinking that maybe something else would be able to as well, preferably something that is capable of reading ext4.

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Sep 10, 2010

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May 10, 2011

I'm currently on a work trip with my Asus G72GX laptop for non-work use (I'm posting from my work laptop). Yesterday, I accidentally booted into my laptop's recovery partition (from the Grub2 bootloader). Before I realized that that's what was happening, it booted into some kind of recovery program which ended up in an error. I restarted the laptop and couldn't get into the bootloader anymore. Now, the only thing that comes up is an error -- "error: unknown filesystem." Below that, it gives me the "grub rescue>" prompt. Most of the commands that sites list for grub rescue only return "Unknown command". ls works and lists all of my partitions: (hd0), (hd0,msdos, (hd0,msdos7), etc. down to msdos1. When I "ls (hd0,msdos" (etc, etc) it says "error: unknown filesystem."

I then started looking into booting from a Live Ubuntu USB drive. I've tried 11.04 and 10.04 now and they both do the same thing. I put them on an 8GB flash drive (only 1 at any given time) using Universal USB Installer and was able to get to the Ubuntu menu (Run Ubuntu from this USB, Install Ubuntu on a Hard Disk, etc.) If I try either "Run Ubuntu" or "Install Ubuntu", the screen flickers and comes right back to that menu.BTW, my 3 operating systems are: Windows 7 HP 64-bit, Mythbuntu 10.10 64-bit, and Windows XP 32-bit. Laptop hardware: Core 2 Duo P8700 2.53GHz, 6GB RAM, Nvidia 8800 GTX video card.

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Jan 4, 2010

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how about FireWire, will it work?

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Dec 2, 2010

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Jan 19, 2010

I've decided to triple boot on my system, but I want to make sure it's feasible. Here's my set-up: I've got two 500GB hard drives, and a good amount of power to handle the OS's. I want to set-up Ubuntu as my main OS on a single hard drive. Then, I want to put XP and 7 on the second hard drive, side-by-side. Obviously, I would then want a bootloader to display an option at system start to pick either one.

The reason I want all these is for gaming mainly, and Netflix. I've got old games that only work on XP, and some newer games are coming out that I'm sure will run better on Windows 7 (Starcraft 2 is going to be amazing!). I found this documentation: [URL]. It's obviously for dual booting Windows and Ubuntu. My question is, can I triple boot Ubuntu, Windows XP and Windows 7? If so (and I'm positive I can) are there any good resources for the process?

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Apr 5, 2010

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Aug 8, 2010

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Jan 2, 2011

I have been running dual boot Windows XP and Slackware for years but I recently changed things up a bit a "broke" something.

Windows XP is on it's own 250GB HDD. I installed Windows 7 on a seperate 74GB HDD but it appears that it installed the bootloader over top of the Windows XP bootloader on the 250GB HDD. Both OS's booted fine and that point. Then I partitioned the 250GB HDD into 150GB and 100GB leaving me 100GB to install Ubuntu. I told Ubuntu to stick it's bootloader on the 250GB HDD thinking everything would work like magic although there appears to have been a little bit too much magic. Normally Slackware will allow you to manually edit your Lilo config file during installation and add all your OS's but this didn't happen with the Ubuntu install.

After the install there were 5 options in the bootloader menu (at this point I am not even sure what bootloader it was using). Ubuntu, Ubuntu ("safe mode?"), memtest, more memtest, and Windows 7 (bootloader? it wasn't just called windows 7 but something like Windows 7 bootloader, I have only booted once and I am writing this from Ubuntu right now). I tried selecting Windows 7 at that point hoping that it would bring me to the Windows bootloader which would allow me to select from Windows 7 and Windows XP but the screen just went blank for a second or two and then sent me back to the same screen I was just at.

So a quick Google of Ubuntu bootloader led me to believe I was using Grub and I needed to look for the /boot/grub/menu.lst file and edit that but the file wasn't there. Then I tried running grub but I was informed it wasn't even installed. I thought maybe I would have better luck with Lilo but that wasn't installed either. So I installed Lilo and ran liloconfig but I was told that fstab gave a UUID that led Lilo to belive I wasn't using an ordinary block device and I should go fix that and come back afterwards. In fact the only thing in fstab was the ext4 partition with Ubuntu and the swap partition even though I have 4 sata drives installed with 6 separate partitions.

At this point I am pretty lost. Most of my Linux work is done in Parallels now on a Macbook so I haven't had to mess with the bootloader in years and when I did it was all on Slackware which to me is set up quite a bit differently than Ubuntu. I would be pretty sick if I screwed up and took out 3 OS's with it.

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