Wow, do you like the plan? Iâ€™m excited! Perhaps too excited!
I managed to download and burn the ISO for Darwin 7.0.1. Pretty straightforward right? Correct! I even partitioned my hard drive correctly using BootIt NG a very nice and very advanced little partitioner and boot loader. I specified 0xA8 as my filesystem type, because HFS obviously wasnâ€™t a default. I had set aside 10 gigs for a nice little Darwin installation. Besides that partition, I have my main partition (60 gigs now) and the factory-restore partition (2 gigs). When you pop in the Darwin CD, it boots up wonderfully, asks if you want to install or drop to a shell, and then asks you where you want to install it. Well, I picked the option that said â€?Use existing partitionsâ€? because I had already set mine up, correct? It then proceeds to ask you which partition to try, but thatâ€™s where the problems begin. For me, it listed the following partitions:
Hmmm, very cryptic, but I figure I could handle it, looked like the way XP assigns partition names. I thought, â€?I have three partitions, Iâ€™ll just install it to the last one, since the HFS partition is the last one set up.â€? Note: This is the point when your finger is on the enter key and your mind is racing to remember if you backed up everything. I had So naturally, I picked the third choice, /disk0s5/. The installer immediately proceeds to unpack all of itâ€™s necessary files, which takes about 20 minutes, afterwhich, it gives you a log-in and reboot option. I figured I had better check my XP installation to see if I just managed to overwrite anything, since it is a family computer. I booted just fine into XP, data looked great. That is, all except for my old â€?RESTOREâ€? partition, which now reads â€?Local Disk – Unformattedâ€?. Bu bu buuuuum! Woops! I just decompressed an entire new OS onto the restore partition of a current OS, and it wasnâ€™t even the right filesystem! What a mess!
Well luckily, I have never even touched the restore partition since I got the computer, always thought about getting rid of it anyways. The more I thought about it, the more it made sense why /disk0s5/ was the restore partition, and not the expected HFS one. The main data partition I use is a primary partition using NTFS. The restore partition is a logical volume of a second primary partition, running FAT32. So if you think about it, the first primary partition would be 1, BUT the next primary partition would be 3 and the volume (restore partition) would be 5. Makes sense. But where did the HFS partition go, and why didnâ€™t the Darwin installer pick up on that? But anyways, thatâ€™s my first adventure with my long haul of getting OS X on my PC! Anyone got any tips? 😉 Itâ€™s been an exciting day!