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Install Snow Leopard in a Lion partition

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lzrdoc1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 24, 2011 9:00 AM

Lion installed on a MacBook Pro without problems. I created a partition in Lion for Snow Leopard. Using original MacBook Pro installation disk, started to install, but I quit when I was not sure whether the install would overwrite Lion or give me an opportunity to install in the partition. It had not yet asked me where I wanted to install. As I continue, will it ask me where I want to install Snow Leopard, or will it simply reinstall Snow Leopard eliminating Lion?

iMac & MacBook & iTouch, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • night73 Calculating status...
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    Jul 25, 2011 5:44 AM (in response to lzrdoc1)

    This sounds like it would solve my main problem with Lion, it killed an important app that the vendor hasn't solved yet. I need it fixed ASAP. I have searched how to do this, but can't find anything about it. Is there a resource you used to figure out how to set this all up?

  • mcsheflj Calculating status...
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    Jul 28, 2011 10:54 PM (in response to lzrdoc1)

    Thanks, this is great info.  I have a couple of follow up questions being a Mac newbie.  Once you set up the partitions, are both OSs running at the same time when you start-up?  How do you switch between Lion to get to programs that need to run on SL?

  • Robert Lewis1 Calculating status...
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    Jul 31, 2011 9:38 PM (in response to lzrdoc1)

    Can you run snow leopard in VMWare or Parallels?

  • Robert Lewis1 Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Jul 31, 2011 10:21 PM (in response to lzrdoc1)

    I don't want to have to reboot into SL to use Quicken.

  • Robert Lewis Level 2 Level 2 (330 points)
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    Aug 1, 2011 8:47 AM (in response to lzrdoc1)

    So, are you saying that you can run Quicken in Parallels?  And you don't have to reboot to run Quicken?

  • lisa80 Calculating status...
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    Aug 1, 2011 6:07 PM (in response to lzrdoc1)

    Hi, so I created the partition but I'm not really sure how to intall SL. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • robin lewis Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 3, 2011 2:04 AM (in response to lzrdoc1)

    I have had a very different experience but the one difference is that am using a Snow leopard install disc rather than the disk that came with the computer. Also the only way i knew how to partition the disc on my computer was to boot off a old back up and use disk utility on it.


    1. Snow leopard install disk straight in to lion = Disk comes up saying it can not be used with this version of OSX


    2. Used a Snow leopard backup drive as the boot disk, inserted disk and pointed install to the Partition I made for it. = Install starts until the Reboot then Kernel errors and a DOS type screen sating it can not find a OSX version.


    3. Tried to Carbon copy my Snow leopard back up drive to the partition = The same Kernel error when I try and reboot on the new snow leopard partition.


    4. Went to Google, found a article saying that the OSX Lion Recovery partition can cause havoc not allowing you to install from a disk. Answer was to make your mac boot in firewire mode whilst using another mac to run the install disk and direct it to the correct partition this was tested on a mini mac server with two hard drives in it no on a single drive with a partition. I am currently  trying this but when the disk restarted the machine it just sits on the Grey apple and has done for the last 30 mins yet i had this before and apparently its the computer scanning all the different disks connected I am hoping the install will finally restart :-s ???


    I am out of ideas.

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