iATKOS ML2: Before Installation

Before Installation:

- BIOS settings:
- Set your BIOS to its default settings.
- Execute Disable bit: Enabled
- XD (if exists): Enabled
- Limit CPUID Max: Disabled
- Set all cores of the CPU active/enabled.
- Virtualization (if exists): Enabled or Disabled, try it.
- Hyper-threading: Enabled or Disabled, try it.
- HPET (High Precision Event Timer/PCH): Enabled
- Set all the Overclock/Performance/Turbo etc. values to Auto.
- Set the UEFI mode settings (if exists) to compatible mode

- Preparing a Target for installation:

- A target partition or disk will be needed for installation.

If you are not an advanced user, I advice you to use a clean harddisk with no personal data/OS as for target and unplug all the other harddisk drives connected to your motherboard just to be safe.

If you are not an advanced user and if your target disk includes personal data and/or any OS, I advice you to backup your data before anything.

Parted Magic or OS X Disk Utility can be used for partitioning and such operations for preparing a target.

Use Parted Magic if you are not an advanced user.

-Parted Magic: Parted Magic is a Linux Live OS project for harddrive operations. Download the iso image from >> http://partedmagic.com << Burn it to a CD/DVD with any suitable application and boot your computer with it. Run the partition editor application and create your target.

-OS X Disk Utility: Boot iATKOS ML2, choose the language, run Disk Utility via Utilities menu and create your target.

Create your target partition formatted as HFS+ (Mac OS Extended (Journaled)).

-Partition Type: You can choose MBR (Master Boot Record/msdos) or GPT (Guid Partition Table) for your target harddisk via partitioning options.
If you don't need/want to change your existing partition table type, just do not touch it. If you want to change it, note that all your existing data on target harddisk will be gone.
-You can add/remove partitions and change the size of them on a GPT partitioned drive without repartitioning and you can even do it on-the-fly on a running OS X system partition.
-You can create up to 128 bootable partitions on a GPT partitioned drive.
-You can use Software RAID only on GPT partitioned drives for OS X.
-Multiboot is not so easy to manipulate for newbies.
-Pretty easy to manipulate multiboot
-Partitioning operations with OS X Disk Utility need recreationing of the whole partition table.
-No Software RAID for OS X
-2TB partition size limit
-You can have max 4 bootable partitions (4 primary partitions) for OS X. You can only boot the OS X installations on the rest of the partitions (logical partitions when more than 5) over first 3 primary partitions.

- I advice MBR for your target harddisk if your are not an advanced user.
The target should be a Primary Partition for MBR partitioned harddisks.