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Ive read countless guides on how to get leaked copies of Mac OS X to run natively on commodity PCs, like Dells or HPs. Ive finally settled on this install process because it was simple, and because other ways left only 2GB of free space. Im going to outline the steps I took to install Mac OS X on a recently purchased PC. The original guide I used was very helpful but not very clear nor well documented. The following is an easy guide that should get you running Mac OS X on a PC in under 80 minutes. This guide assumes you have a fairly recently released PC, and have Windows XP installed.
If you plan on trying this, make sure your PC is support. My previous post outlines the hardware your PC should have.
Of course this is but one of the many installation guides available to you, but I think in the end youll wisely choose this one.
Step 1. Download and Uncompress
Downloading Mac OS X for Intel related files falls into a legal gray-area. The file used is named tiger-x86.tar.bz2 and can be found on piratebay.org (the file is oddly refereed to at the deadmoo image). To be sure, I dont condone software piracy. Im doing this for purly educationaly purposess. Keep your comma positive, support Apple with sales, and govern yourselves accordingly.
After you have completed downloading the file, you need to uncompress it and thus have 6+ GB of free space. Download WinRAR to uncompress the file. You may have to give WinRar as much as 25 minutes to uncompress the file. When its done you should have a folder named tiger-x86 in which youll find the file tiger-x86-flat.img. To keep things simple, move the file tiger-x86-flat.img to the root of your drive, at the top of your C: drive.
Step 2. Partition the Hard Disk
This step, evolving partitioning is likely the most complex and time-consuming step. I recommend you read the Wikipedia entry on Partitioning if you dont know what partitions are, or what is involved with partitioning.
Partitioning allows one to have multiple filesystems on a single hard disk, and therefor allows for multiple operating systems. Your PCs hard disk likely has only 1 partition. Windows runs off of this partition with the FAT32 or NTFS filesystem. To install Mac OS X we will need to shrink this partition, and with available free space create 2 additional partitions for Mac OS X with the HFS+ filesystem.
I recommend that you use PartitionMagic for this step as its the safest to use. Understand that partitioning involves some degree of risk. If you think partitioning is over your head, get help or read up on the subject for added confidence.
Shrink your partition in size using PartitionMagic. (I hardly ever use windows so I shrunk it down to 20GB in size using PartitionMagic. There was about 140GB left unused and unformatted but I left that for later.) Save/write the changes to disk with PartitionMagic, rebooted for safe measure, and insure that the C: drive had shrunk in size.
We will create the two new partitions in the Windows command prompt. To enter the command prompt, select the Start button, select Run, type cmd and hit Enter.
At the command prompt type diskpart and hit Enter. Type list disk for a list of all disk (although you likely have just one). Select the disk by typing select disk 0 (or whichever disk you want. If you only have one disk it is disk 0.) You should get the following feed back in the end: Disk 0 is now the selected disk.
Create a small partition where Mac OS X will temporarily reside. Enter the command:
create partition primary size=6660 id=af
Wait a few seconds. Next create a partition were Mac OS X will be moved to permanently. This partition will be created using all the free space left. (I had well over 100GB left for this partition as Widows was shrunk to 20GB and the temporary one was kept at under 7GB.) Enter the command:
create partition primary id=af
Wait a few seconds. Enter list partition to verify your partitions. Reboot your PC for safe measure.
Step 3. Copy Mac OS X to the Temporary Partition.
We are going to copy Mac OS X from the tiger-x86-flat.img to the middle and temporary 6GB partition. We will be using dd for windows. Download the .zip file and extract the contents to the root/top of the C: drive where tiger-x86-flat.img should also be.
Return to command prompt (Start button, Run, type cmd and hit Enter).
Now that youre at the command promt. change to the C:\ directory:
Enter the following command to copy the Mac OS X files to the temporary partition:
dd if=c:tiger-x86-flat.img of=\\?\Device\Harddisk0\Partition2 bs=512 skip=63
Wait for a while anything from 15 min two 1 hour.
You may need to wait 10 to 30 minutes for the files to copy over. You will receive to feed back until the program has finished copying. You can then quit the command prompt.
Step 4. Set Boot Options in Windows
Download the file chain0. Use WinRAR to extract it to the top/root of you C: drive. The file chain0 is the boot file that will boot your PC into Mac OS X.
Next. Right-click on My Computer and select the Advanced tab. Under Startup and Recover click the Settings button. To edit the startup options file manually click the Edit button. Windows should open the boot.ini file in Notepad. Add the following line at the end of the file:
C:\chain0="Mac OS X"
Save the changes to the file, close Notepad, and click OK until returned to the Desktop. To be sure to the boot.ini file is correct, select the Start button, then Run. Enter msconfig and click OK. Now go to the Boot.ini tab and select Check All Boot Paths. If its ok, shutdown Windows and restart the PC.
Step 5. Installing Darwin on the Temporary Partition
The first installation of Mac OS X is only temporary, because regardless of what size the partition was set to, Mac OS X is initially limited to 6GB of space with only 2GB of free space. To correct this and allow for as much free space as possible, we are going to move Mac OS X to the third partition where there wont be any limit on free space.
We are going to clone the contents of the second partition to the third partition. We must prepare the third partition by installing Darwin onto it. (Darwin is a free operating system released by Apple and is the core set of components upon which Mac OS X is built.) To install Darwin, download the Darwin Installer CD for PC.
To simplify decompression and burning the install CD, I suggest using Mac OS X. Having followed step 4 exactly, the Windows boot screen should appear. Quickly select Mac OS X. The Darwin boot screen will then appear. Quickly select Mac OS X on the second partition. Mac OS X should now boot (and it should boot quite fast). Avoid messing around with Mac OS X right now though -were almost done!
Use Safari to download the file to the Desktop. Double-clicking the file to decompress it to the intended disk image file (ending in .iso). Launch Disk Utility (Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility). Drag the .iso file onto Disk Utility in the Dock. Select it in the left-hand column, and click the Burn icon.
Having burnt the CD, restart the PC and boot up from the Darwin Installer CD. Follow the straight-forward instructions and insure that you select the third partition when asked. When Darwin is done installing a command prompt appears. Enter reboot to restart your PC with the CD removed.
Step 6. Copy Mac OS X to the Third Partition
Having followed step 4 exactly, the Windows boot screen should appear. Select Mac OS X. When the Darwin boot screen appears, select Mac OS X. Again, avoid messing around with Mac OS X right now though -were almost done!
Launch Disk Utility (Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility). Select the hard disk or any of the 3 partitions. Next, select the Restore tab to the far-right. We are going to restore the third empty partition with the content of the second partition (where Mac OS X is temporarily located). Onto the Source: field, drag the second partition. Onto the Destination: field drag the third partition. Click the Restore button. When the process is complete, quit Mac OS X and shutdown the PC.
Step 7. Delete the Temporary Partition
You now have the Windows partition, the temporary Mac partition, and the fully-working Mac partition. The temporary partition has served its use and can now be deleted.
Two possibilities: 1. Your Windows partition is formated as FAT32, which means that Mac OS X can use the partition and make use of free space on it. Use PartitionMagic to delete the temporary partition, and then increase the size of the Windows partition. 2. Your Windows partition is formated as NTFS, which means that Mac OS X cannot use the partition. Delete the temporary partition and replace it with one that can be used by both Windows and Mac.
Option 2 is more likely, easier to follow, and a good idea if you have no clue how your Windows partition is formated:
Launch windows, start a command prompt (Start, select Run, type cmd and hit enter). At the command prompt type diskpart and hit Enter. Select the disk by typing select disk 0. Next, type select partition 2 followed by delete partition. Exit diskpart by typing in exit.
Back at the command prompt enter diskmgmt.msc to open then Disk Management window. You should see a 6.51 GB Unallocated space. Right-click on it and select New Partition. Continue with the default options by hitting Next three time. When asked about formating the partition, under the File system: pulldown-menu, select FAT32. Click Next, then Finish and wait for the formating to complete. Quit Windows and shutdown the PC.
Step 8. Enjoy
You can now boot into Mac OS X. Pay attention to the prompts or you may end up booting back into Windows. While your free to enjoy your Mac now (Well, its not really a Mac but whatever.) there are a still a few things that need to be done within Mac OS X to get it the maximum performance out of it. Continue to Part 3. Setup and Performance Boosts for the how-to guide.