Options to Dual-Boot or Multi-Boot an Apple Macbook Pro
Posted on 2014-10-22
Hi all - Any suggestions on having multiple Boot Partitions on a Mac?
I have a Macbook Pro (mid-2010 Unibody), always running the latest OS X, and has a 1TB internal HD, which works fine. I am adding another 1TB HD via the DVD Drive Bay. What I was envisioning was ... Partition the new Drive into 3 partitons.
Use a 333GB (give-or-take) Partition for Booting to WIndows. Use another 333GB Partition for Booting to Linux. And using the last leftover Partition just for Storage.
Any suggestions or pitfalls?
Can this dual-boot (Multi-boot) be installed to work just by Holding down the Option-Key when I turn on the Mac to select which partiton I want to boot into?
Is there an advantage to installing some kind of Boot Loader SW on this 2nd drive to choose between Linux & WIndows, leaving my original OS X Macintosh HD drive alone?
For this Mac, I am trying to stay away from any virtualization software or any other slick solutions other than totally separate partitions. I have dual-booted LOTS of Windows PC's but am less familiar with doing so for MAc, and less familiar with any limitations that I may run into.
Thanks in advance for any guidance!