BootCamp on the Mac

jwolf6589

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I just purchased a 500GB hard drive and had my previous drive cloned over to my Macbook. BootCamp was copied over as a folder. To get BootCamp running again on the new drive do I need to go through the hassle of setting it up again or can I just create a Windows partition and copy the folder over to that drive? Previous partition was 30GB as FAT32 to complicate things.


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johnhurley

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I just purchased a 500GB hard drive and had my previous drive cloned over to my Macbook. BootCamp was copied over as a folder. To get BootCamp running again on the new drive do I need to go through the hassle of setting it up again or can I just create a Windows partition and copy the folder over to that drive?
It will not work just copying as a folder ... there are boot loader sections and special partition stuff that need to go in thru the installer.

There are a bunch of threads here about using a tool called win clone to do it. Cleanest way ( and easiest but not necessarily shortest way ) is to do all the setup again on the new drive using the bootcamp assistant.
 

balamw

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Cleanest way ( and easiest but not necessarily shortest way ) is to do all the setup again on the new drive using the bootcamp assistant.
I concur.

Unfortunately Winclone is abandonware. It still works, but I no longer recommend it for folks who don't otherwise already know what they are doing.

Once you have a new install you can use the folder you created to move data files back.

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jwolf6589

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I concur.

Unfortunately Winclone is abandonware. It still works, but I no longer recommend it for folks who don't otherwise already know what they are doing.

Once you have a new install you can use the folder you created to move data files back.

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Okay I have a Windows partition but have not run the setup to install Windows. I was hoping I could just drag and drop the Bootcamp folder to the drive like how I did things in the Mac OS 7-9 days but it wont work you tell me. Bummer… Thanks..
 

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If you still have the original HDD and Windows partition (not the backup/folder) you can make Winclone work for you, it's just easier to reinstall from scratch.

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jwolf6589

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If you still have the original HDD and Windows partition (not the backup/folder) you can make Winclone work for you, it's just easier to reinstall from scratch.

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Well I did it. Man no wonder they pay PC admins so much! What a pain Windows is! All is done so I have 300GB free on my Mac and 71 GB's free on the bootCamp partition. I no longer am running out of hard drive space, so I can take pictures at a higher res, take videos at a higher res, and download iTunes movies! Someday I may install LION, but to do so I need to upgrade Office 2004 and Quicken 2006. I hear Quicken is out so there is a replacement app that will import Quicken files, however I forgot the name of it.
 
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