[ubuntu-uk] Dual boot on Macbook problems

Michael Holloway michael at thedarkwinter.com
Tue Feb 10 12:37:59 GMT 2009

Doug, I'm no Mac user but I would throw caution to the wind when dual
booting between and internal and external hard drive. Could cause
problems with the MBR/active/boot partition being in the wrong location
when the drive is removed etc.

I would suggest partitioning the internal hard drive and having that
boot both OS's, and use the external as a Data drive or something.


On Tue, 2009-02-10 at 10:32 +0000, doug livesey wrote:
> Hi -- I tried last night to install Ubuntu on an external FW drive on
> my Macbook.
> It wouldn't reboot from the external drive, and managed to kill the
> install on my main HD -- hopefully the drive itself is ok, but I'm not
> sure (I can see it in the restore list).
> I tried restoring from TimeMachine to my internal drive, but that
> didn't work, so I ended up restoring OSX to the external drive, and am
> currently booting from that.
> What I'm hoping to do now, then, is to install Ubuntu on the internal
> HD, as I want to use it as my main dev environment anyway, so that
> could all have worked out in the end, if my internal HD is ok.
> I thought, however, I'd ask the expert collective about any potential
> gotchas before trying this -- there appear to be a few to ubuntu on a
> mac that I was not previously aware of! ;)
> Cheers,
>    Doug.

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