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    Fresh SSD partion implimentation

    Over the past few months I've learned enough to be dangerous with Ubuntu. My 2008/2009 MacBook Air hard drive crashed, I installed a new SSD, and begun setting up this machine to support my personal data & various development efforts + testing out different OS's.

    I'm pretty sure I need to make changes and I'm researching + posting here to identify what they are. The image below shows the existing setup. Keys are, boot partition for chain loading / independant grub, potential for multiple OS's, personal files accessible by other OS's. When setting this up I did recieve some errors about GPT and the ubuntu partioning tool kept creating 1mb unallocated regions at beginning and end of drive.

    Proposed changes

    1. Change "bios_grub" partition to a primary ext4 and manually install grub2
    2. Move FAT as primary partiion behind bios_grub
    3. Swap after FAT (Signifying beginning of seconary logicals)
    4. /boot after swap, this ensures all logical partitions are in consecutive order (I thought I set it up like that but was tired when I started).
    5. Split up my / with a few partitions to support other Linux distros.


    Summary of questions:

    1. Proposed changes make sense?
    2. Proposed changes made without formating disk / loosing data?
    3. How do I check if GPT is on the drive and should I be using that?
      1. Some handy terminal tools to trace booting and diagnose all may be helpful.



    Image of existing Gparted below. Any help or direction is appreciated; I want to be sure before moving forward and possibly boching things up worse! At a first glance GParted / partitioning tools don't appear to be flexible enough to allow me to make the changes I need without creating a new table from scratch an deleting everything Thanks!
    GParted_partition.png
    Last edited by twinturbotom; March 2nd, 2013 at 04:26 AM.

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    Re: Fresh SSD partion implimentation

    Moved to Apple sub-forum.

    I do not know Macs, but have some links. Macs use gpt and only have hybrid MBR/gpt to be able to boot Windows as a Mac does not use the newer version of UEFI that works with Windows or Ubuntu.

    Apple Macbook
    Post #6 booting Kubuntu 12.10 in EFI mode on my Mac, by trogdor1138
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2091257
    Bit older, Mac & PC UEFI, note issues on some systems
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFIBooting
    http://refit.sourceforge.net/
    http://www.rodsbooks.com/ubuntu-efi/index.html
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MacBookPro
    Caution on UEFI boot Mac
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2012588
    For info on UEFI boot install & repair:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Fresh SSD partion implimentation

    Great info thanks.

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