Clean install without touching Bootcamp?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by digitalmatt, May 4, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    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!
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    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.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    what do you recommend for cloning the drive?
     
  4. macrumors 604

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    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.
     
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    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.
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    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.
     

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