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Should I install OS 9 & X on separate hard drive partitions?
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Jan 9, 2002, 02:30 AM

I'm soliciting advice on whether anyone has found an advantage or disadvantage to installing OS 9 and X on separate HD partitions.

In the past, I have installed OS 7.6 and 8, so that I can boot up OS 7.6 to run an old app.

I'm going to buy a new Mac, and thinking about repartitioning to 3 drives right off the bat and then reinstalling 9 and X, and using the 3rd drive for Virtual PC w/ Windows. It's a pain, and wondering if it's worth it.

Any suggestions or user experience stories welcomed!
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Jan 9, 2002, 05:14 AM
Apple recommends that install OS 9 and X on to two different partitions.
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Jan 9, 2002, 09:49 AM
I partition so that I have a backup if something goes wrong. I think its a good idea.
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Jan 12, 2002, 02:27 PM
After trying a number of different combinations of this, here is what i use:
  • A partion for MacOS 9.1. This is what i use when booted to MacOS 9.
  • A separate partition for MacOS X 10.1.x with MacOS 9.2.x (for Classic under MacOS X).
  • A third small partition with a small/simple MacOS 9.1 folder (without many third party extensions) for emergency boots, running disk utilities on other partitions, etc.
I found it just wasn't a good idea to share a MacOS 9 folder between MacOS X Classic and real MacOS 9 work. There were just too many startup issues in trying to share MacOS 9 folders that it became clear it was easier to maintain separate folders (on their own partitions, of course). This also allows me to use different flavors of MacOS 9, using each to it's strengths. YMMV.

[ 01-12-2002: Message edited by: Rainy Day ]
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Jan 14, 2002, 10:31 PM
4 HDs.

1. OS 9.1, OS 9.04 - each for standalone use.
2. OSX, OS 9.22 - 9.22 for Classic use
3. OS 9.1 FCP - for Final Cut Pro use
4. OS 9.04 - stripped emergency boot system.

I recommend something like that.
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