Bootable Bootcamp (NTFS) and Mac partition backup

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by serrath, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. serrath macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2010
    I have a MacBook Pro from the summer of 2008 that I wish to create a backup for. I partitioned the hard drive to have both an OSX Journaled Partition for 10.5 and an NTFS partition for Windows XP Pro SP3.

    I wish to create a bootable backup for this computer onto an external USB drive. (e.g. if I remove the internal hard drive, except for the speed difference, I should not notice a difference)

    How is this done? Most copying programs don't seem to make the NTFS partition bootable, and any mix-and-matching ends up making it go kaput.

    (I also wish to be able to copy this backup partition back onto an internal SATA drive should the original drive die.)

    Also, when I press alt at the EFI screen to select boot devices, none of the partitions on my external hard drive appear, even though I made an image of my Windows partition there, which should be bootable.
  2. CylonGlitch macrumors 68030


    Jul 7, 2009
    I don't think you can put windows on an external drive without jumping through hoops.
  3. serrath thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2010
  4. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    If you want to move/backup/resize a Bootcamp partition, I'd strongly suggest WinClone.

    As far as booting it off an external drive, you'll have to search for those "hoops" - can't help you there.

    To backup/copy/move the Mac partition, use Disk Utility's Restore capability. Boot off a Mac OS install disc (or other volume) and run Disk Utility from there. Make sure the destination drive is partitioned using GUID. Also, when doing the Restore, check "erase destination" to enable block-copy.
  5. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England

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