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    Cannot create 128mb partition in Mac OS X Sierra

    I am following these instructions - http://courses.cms.caltech.edu/cs171...and_Ubuntu.pdf - to create a dual boot on my Mac mini. In Part 2, the instruction call for creating two partitions. One partition is 128mb and will be the future boot loader. When I try to create it, it fails with the following error message - "An internal error has occurred. Operation failed." I have run first aid on the drive and it does not show any errors but every attempt to create the initial partition fails. Does anyone have any insight on the issue or how I can proceed?

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    Re: Cannot create 128mb partition in Mac OS X Sierra

    Moved to Apple sub-forum where those who know Mac may be able to help.

    I have a few links, not sure if current, but I do not know Mac.
    The default install for Ubuntu is just / (root) & swap.
    With UEFI systems you also need the ESP - efi system partition which is FAT32, you Mac may have that already and normally with PC you can only have one.
    Drive does need to be gpt. If you installed Windows in BIOS mode you may have hybrid MBR/gpt which is not recommended.

    http://computers.tutsplus.com/tutori...mac--cms-21187
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/73261...er-efi-or-bios
    Mac with NVMe
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2274095
    EFI partitions: Also some info on efi partition on a Mac.
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/55900...rive-with-uefi
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Cannot create 128mb partition in Mac OS X Sierra

    Thanks. The only thing on the Mac is Sierra. My first attempt at doing dual boot ended up reformatting my hard drive. Thankfully, I had everything backed up and lost the current day's stuff. I'd rather not go through having to recover Sierra again.

    Quote Originally Posted by oldfred View Post
    Moved to Apple sub-forum where those who know Mac may be able to help.

    I have a few links, not sure if current, but I do not know Mac.
    The default install for Ubuntu is just / (root) & swap.
    With UEFI systems you also need the ESP - efi system partition which is FAT32, you Mac may have that already and normally with PC you can only have one.
    Drive does need to be gpt. If you installed Windows in BIOS mode you may have hybrid MBR/gpt which is not recommended.

    http://computers.tutsplus.com/tutori...mac--cms-21187
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/73261...er-efi-or-bios
    Mac with NVMe
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2274095
    EFI partitions: Also some info on efi partition on a Mac.
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/55900...rive-with-uefi

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    Re: Cannot create 128mb partition in Mac OS X Sierra

    With a PC some install options erase entire hard drive, like the LVM full drive encryption.
    Default install will install alongside Windows or another Linux, I would assume it would work the same with a Mac, but do not know.

    But if you know & understand partitions, always better to partition in advance, and use Something Else install option to only use (choose) the ext4 partition as / (root) and swap. If swap created in advance the installer auto finds it.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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