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QA tips from Apple - partitioning the hard drive
      #446610 - 01/08/08 08:30 AM

A lot of testing is simple comparison. If you need to compare the performance of an application on two different OS versions (and you don't have an extra machine, nor want the variable associated with that) you may wish to partition your hard drive.

Here's some tips from Apple that can be found at: http://developer.apple.com/testing/qatips.html

artitioning your Hard Disk
Partitioning allows you to create multiple volumes on the same hard disk. If you are interested in doing compatibility testing with both Mac OS X and the Classic Mac OS on the same hard disk, you will want to create partitions for each.

To partition your hard disk:
Launch Apple's "Drive Setup" or any other disk formatting and partitioning utility.
Divide your disk up into at least 2 HFS+ partitions.

- For a thin install of Mac OS X, you will need about 600-700MB.
- For a full install, you will need 1.2 GB.
Name your partitions clearly.

- Usually, the first partition is reserved for Mac OS 9.x.
- The second is reserved for Mac OS X.

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Re: QA tips from Apple - partitioning the hard drive [Re: prtester]
      #659903 - 02/09/11 10:07 PM

Agreed, this is a great technique that I have used in the past with success. Though not entirely flexible as new OS versions come out, it does serve the purpose well.

In the case of Windows or Unix, a set of virtualized environments is usually the way to go-- though I'm pretty sure that virtualizing MacOS is 1. infeasible or exceedingly difficult on a technical level and 2. in violation of the OS usage agreement.

It would be wonderful if I was proven wrong, I know many organizations that would purchase separate licenses of MacOS if able to virtualize them. Purchasing an army of Mac Minis is not always within budget.

Thoughts?

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Re: QA tips from Apple - partitioning the hard drive [Re: lancerall]
      #659904 - 02/09/11 10:09 PM

I'm curious as to how old this article is-- support for running 9.x natively has been out of the picture for some time now...

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