Backup OSX+XP=entire disc

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by roblin, Jun 29, 2007.

  1. roblin macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2007
    I would like to make a backup of my computer with both OSX and XP so i can restore it in the future if something unfortunate would happen. Any suggestions?
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    The way i do it currently is have an external drive partitioned roughly the same as my internal drive. I then use Superduper to clone the OSX partition and use Winclone to backup the windows partition.

    As far as i am aware there isn't currently a piece of software that will do both for you, but I am always on the look out for such a piece of software.
  3. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    you could try some cloning tools form nortons... (do they have one for intelmacs??) you could boot from the disk and do a full copy to an external or something
  4. jpa.herron macrumors newbie

    Feb 9, 2007
    I'm looking for something similar...

    I've purchased a Lacie 160GB mobile drive & use SuperDuper to create a weekly backup. Thw Windows partition is used exclusively for applications. All my project & personal data is stored on the OSX side & accessed from XP using Macdrive.

    What do I need to use to partition my external drive to reflect the partition arrangement on my MBP? I can keep using SD to create my OSX backup, but would also like to reserve a partition on it for keeping an image of my windows installation (in case of emergencies).

    I'm fairly new to OSX, so apologies if it includes a partition manager.


  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    If you want to do it all at once, why not mount the Windows NTFS partition read-only onto the Mac. Then the files are accessable to whatever backup software you use on the Mac

    Another (free) option would be to get a live boot disk of (say) Ubunto or Fedora boot that. It will run entirely off the "live CD" and then you can use a "dd" program to clone the drive sector by sector. DD does not care much about partitions, and file systems it just copies the binary data.

    dd also come with Mac OS X so if you could find a third drive to boot off of you could use Mac OS rather then Linux. But little to be gained that way and you'd need a third disk. "dd" should do it. From the terminal type "man dd" to read how it works. It's identical on either Mac OS or Linux

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