How to Intall a New macOS on Second Partition

Suppose you want to try out the newest macOS version or use an older version (such as macOS Ventura or Sonoma). You can download the Apple macOS page or enroll in Apple’s beta software program. Remember that this is pre-release software, which may be unstable and contain bugs. As such, it’s not recommended for use on your primary Mac.

This post will show you how to run a dual macOS on your Macbook, and it also means that we will install a new macOS on Second Partition. By following these simple steps, you can have two versions of macOS installed on your computer simultaneously and switch between them as needed.

Why I Always Install macOS Beta on a Second Partition

I never plan to use a new macOS as my primary operating system. Instead, I wanted to create a partition to test the new features and see how they worked.

If I find something I like, I will upgrade my primary partition to the latest macOS. Otherwise, I could boot into my old partition and use it usually.

Creating a second partition and installing macOS Ventura or Sonoma is relatively simple. However, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind before you get started.

macOS Compatibility

Make sure your Mac is compatible with macOS 13 Ventura, you can find a list of compatible Macs here. For macOS Sonoma, click here.

Backup Your Mac

Before you do anything, it’s always a good idea to back up your Mac. If something goes wrong, you can restore your data from the backup.

There are a few different ways that you can back up your Mac. You can use Time Machine, which is built into macOS, or you can use an external hard drive or cloud service.

Power

Make sure your Mac has a good battery life or is plugged in, as creating a second partition and installing macOS Ventura will require your Mac to be turned on for an extended period.

How to Install macOS on a Second Partition

Create a new Partition on the Mac

Now, you need to create a new partition on your Mac. This is where macOS 13 Ventura will be installed. I recommend creating a partition that is at least 50 gigabytes in size. Following are the steps for creating a new partition:

1. Open the Disk Utility application from the Utilities folder in your Applications folder.

2. Select your primary hard drive from the left sidebar.

create a new partition on macOS

3. Click on the “Partition” button in the main window.

4. In the partition pane, click the “+” button to add a new partition.

5. Name your new partition, such as “macOS Ventura.” Choose how much space you want to allocate to the new partition. I recommend giving it at least 60GB of space. Click on the “Apply” button to apply your changes.

create a new partition on macOS

Do not turn off your Mac or interrupt the process when your Mac resizes the partitions.

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Your Mac will now create the new partition, and a new volume will appear in the left sidebar of Disk Utility.

create a new partition on macOS

Note:

If your Mac does not have enough space to create a new partition to install a new macOS, you must first delete some unuseful files or applications from your Mac. 

CleanMyMac X is an excellent tool to help you do this. Or use an external drive to store some files you don’t use frequently.

Do the same for other macOS if you want. It could be macOS Ventura, Sonoma, or newer. This guide below is just an example.

Download macOS Beta From Apple

Now, download the macOS 13 Ventura/Sonoma installer from Apple or Others. Follow the steps below to do this:

1. Sign in with your Apple ID to the Apple Beta Software Program website.

Download macOS 13 Ventura Beta From Apple

2. Click “Enroll Your Devices” from the top-right corner of the page.

Download macOS 13 Ventura Beta From Apple

3. Scroll down and click “Download the macOS Public Beta Access Utility” to download the utility.

Download macOS 13 Ventura Beta From Apple

4. Once the utility has been downloaded, double-click on it to launch it. And right-click to open macOSPublicBetaAccessUtility.pkg

Download macOS 13 Ventura Beta From Apple

5. Click the “Continue” button and follow the prompts to complete the installation process.

Download macOS 13 Ventura Beta From Apple

The beta software will now be downloaded to your Mac.

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Install macOS on the New Partition

Now that you have downloaded the macOS 13 Ventura developer preview, you can install it on your new partition. Follow these steps:

Double-click on the “Install macOS Beta” application downloaded in the previous step. This will launch the macOS Beta installer. Go to LaunchPad and double-click Install macOS Beta, or go to the Application folder and cast it from there.

Install macOS 13 Ventura Beta

Click on “Continue” to continue with the installation.

Install macOS 13 Ventura Beta

Click on “Agree” to agree to the terms and conditions.

Install macOS 13 Ventura Beta

Click Show All Disks…

Install macOS 13 Ventura Beta

Select the hard drive you want to install macOS on from the list of drives. This should be the new partition that you created in Disk Utility from the step above.

Install macOS 13 Ventura Beta

Click on “Continue” to install macOS Ventura on the selected partition.

Install macOS 13 Ventura Beta

Your Mac will reboot, and follow the on-screen instructions to set up your Mac. You will be ready to use macOS 13 Ventura!

Install macOS 13 Ventura Beta
Install macOS 13 Ventura Beta
Install macOS 13 Ventura Beta
Install macOS 13 Ventura Beta
Install macOS 13 Ventura Beta

The installation process will now begin and may take some time to complete. Once finished, your Mac will reboot into the new partition with macOS 13 Ventura installed.

Install macOS 13 Ventura Beta

How To Switch Back And Forth Between macOS

Install macOS 13 Ventura

Now that you have successfully installed macOS 13 Ventura on your Mac switch between it and the stable version of macOS, which is currently macOS Mojave/Big Sur/ Monterey. Follow the steps below to do this:

Mac with an Intell Chip:

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  1. Reboot your Mac and hold down the Option key while booting up.
  2. You will see a list of all the available volumes on your Mac. Select the one that you want to boot into and press Enter.
  3. Your Mac will now boot into the selected volume.

Mac with Apple silicon M-series chips:

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Macbook Air M2
  1. Restart your Mac and immediately press and hold the Power button until you see the startup disk options.
  2. Select “macOS.” It would help if you booted using the trackpad or arrow keys and hit the Enter/Return key.

Conclusion

That’s all you need to do to install macOS on a separate partition. Once you have installed it, you can use it alongside your current version of macOS and test out all the new features it offers. If you don’t like it, you can permanently delete the partition and return to your previous setup.

Do you have any questions about installing macOS on a separate partition? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll help you out.

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Solomen is the founder of MrHow.io, and he is happiest when working with technology and able to help others. In his free time, he often listens to Baroque music, swims or runs. Feel free to contact him on social media!

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