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digitalmatt
May 4, 2013, 07:32 PM
Can I wipe OSX and do a clean install without screwing up my bootcamp partition? I have done several OSX upgrades (was a n00b) and want to do a clean install of Mountain Lion, but would like to not have to reinstall windows 7 and everything else I have running in bootcamp. Many thanks!



Kasalic
May 5, 2013, 03:31 AM
Should be ok, although I've never tried it myself.

As long as you only partition and format the Mac OS volume you should be fine. Can't guarantee though, and I would ALWAYS make a clone of the entire drive to recover to in case of problems.

digitalmatt
May 5, 2013, 01:39 PM
what do you recommend for cloning the drive?

old-wiz
May 5, 2013, 02:38 PM
I use SuperDuper, which will clone the osx partition. It gives you a bootable backup.

Others prefer CCC, which can copy the osx partition plus the recovery partition.

RedRaven571
May 5, 2013, 03:55 PM
Should be ok, although I've never tried it myself.

As long as you only partition and format the Mac OS volume you should be fine. Can't guarantee though, and I would ALWAYS make a clone of the entire drive to recover to in case of problems.

Have done this 4 times recently (fresh install 10.8.1, revert to SL (fresh install), fresh install 10.8.3, fresh install revert to SL); only erased/reformated OSX partition, Win XP bootcamp was untouched and functional each time.

Kasalic
May 6, 2013, 02:09 PM
Have done this 4 times recently (fresh install 10.8.1, revert to SL (fresh install), fresh install 10.8.3, fresh install revert to SL); only erased/reformated OSX partition, Win XP bootcamp was untouched and functional each time.

Thanks for the confirmation, and I use Carbon Copy Cloner, but then I have a Pro Licence which allows me to use it to work on 3rd party machines, and it has never failed to do what I need.