Bootcamp Newbie Backup Question

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by swandy, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. swandy macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    I was always running Windows (XP, 7 then 8.1) under Parallels and decided to switch to Bootcamp. I installed my Windows 7 under Bootcamp and then upgraded to Windows 10 and basically everything is running fine.

    However, I was using Carbon Copy Cloner to make backups of my Windows 7 files (when running under Parallels) and apparently CCC does not play well with Windows (at least Windows 10) on a Bootcamp partition according to their developer. All it kept doing was locking up my iMac.

    Decided I would try to use the Windows built in backup and cloning programs but I keep getting error messages. Spoke to Windows tech and it apparently has something to do with some a service (VSS) not running properly, or some other Windows crap. I can't even get Windows to setup a Restore Point. (NOW I remember why I switched to a Mac years ago!!!)

    Anyway two questions:

    (1) For those running Windows 10 - or even an older version of Windows - under Bootcamp: do you have any problems setting System Restore points or using the built in software in Windows to create an Image Backup of your Windows installation?

    (2) How do you do backups of your Bootcamp partition? What program - either on the Windows side or the OS X side - do you use? Because it seems that Time Machine can't back it up either.

    Thanks, Steve
  2. CoastalOR, Aug 1, 2015
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2015

    CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
  3. swandy thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 27, 2012
    Thanks for the reply, but I decided just to go back to running Windows 10 under Parallels. Runs slightly slower (and my old MS Links 2003 does not apparently like the Parallels Video Driver), but everything else works fine. And my normal backup software (Time Machine and Carbon Copy Cloner) both see the virtual machine file as just another file.

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