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How to backup & restore both MacOSX & Bootcamp partition?

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How to backup & restore both MacOSX & Bootcamp partition? Is that even possible?
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by:R. Andrew Koffron
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yes but it's two separate things, unless you're using a disk image utility.

Easiest way is to do it without spending extra money(but would require Install disks, or recovery part ion on the Mac and a windows install disk) I'd think.
1)backup bootcamp partition using windows backup to an external USB Drive. (write down windows partition size)
2)backup Mac using Time Machine.

3)Load Mac Installer(from recovery part ion, or USB), choose restore, and pull it off the time Machine(I always do a clean install and pull back data files, and load apps I really want).
4) run the bootcamp setup with basic disk
5) restore the windows machine from the windows backup.
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by:IT_Fanatic
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I dont mind about the money. I rather do the backup all in one shot
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by:R. Andrew Koffron
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Acronis with Universial restore could probably do it from the windows side. if you image the whole thing.
You'd need to throughly test the boot up CD on a mac, never tried it.
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Eoin OSullivan earned 300 total points
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To run the backups from within OSX .. without having to boot from an external drive or dvd you need to look at the following

Option 1 : Backup OSX and Bootcamp partitions separately
Carbon Copy Cloner (http://www.bombich.com = $40) or DiskUtility (FREE with OSX) will backup the OSX Partition
WinClone (http://twocanoes.com/winclone = $30) will backup the Bootcamp Partition
Note: If you already are using Time Machine then you can rely on that and simply use WinClone for Bootcamp

Option 2. Create a clone image of the entire HD
There is a program called Stellar Drive Clone which as far as I am aware is the only block level cloning software for OSX which can create one backup of the entire HD including OSX, Bootcamp and the MBR (boot partition)
(http://www.stellarclonedrive.com = $39 )
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by:IT_Fanatic
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That's why I dislike macs. They can never make anything easy and the works. I have to back up boot camp with winclone and the Mac side with another software.
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