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Does the external boot drive erase my native operating system when booted?

asked 2017-01-28 19:00:10 -0500

Mase3206 gravatar image

I have an Apple iMac running Mac OS 10.7.5, and I want to try Fedora Linux on it without erasing my native OS. What will the external Fedora boot drive do to Mac OS? Please help me!

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You can do install dual boot on a Mac, you need to create space on you Mac OS to install Fedora. Thant will be all read this: and this

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answered 2017-01-28 23:29:05 -0500

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updated 2018-08-01 18:40:26 -0500

You can run a copy of Fedora Live from an external drive or USB or CD or DVD drive. See this or this for steps to create a Fedora Live device.

Restart your computer and, during the BIOS startup, select the device with Fedora Live to boot from. The live image does not overwrite anything by default. You do not have to install when running the live image. Instead, you can browse the internet, use LibreOffice, etc. By default, Fedora doesn't so much as mount the other drives on the system.

If you desire, you can use Fedora Live's "Install Fedora" utility to install Fedora to available disk space, adjust existing partitions (though with MacOS, I don't know much about it, but it might not be possible to install if MacOS has allocated all the disk space).

Live Fedora is particularly good at determining how compatible Fedora is with your computer. Normally it should recognize all its devices (printers, plotters, scanners, USB devices, etc.) and you can try it out.

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