Does TC backup Windows Partition

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by bbadalucco, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. bbadalucco macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2009
    I have a Time Capsule and Time Machine running on my Late 2008 MBP. I'd like to swap out HDDs. I know you can use Time Machine to setup your new HDD (so it mirrors the old). My question is if I do this will it also contain the Windows Partition?

  2. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    No it does not. You can use the free Mac utility program called WinClone to back up your Windows partition which it does by making a disk image of it (which you can save on your Mac disk so the image will be backed up by TM).

    Side note about WinClone: If your current BootCamp partition is formatted as NTFS, the disk image that WinClone creates can be restored successfully to either the same size partition or a larger one, but if your current partition is FAT32 it can only be restored to the same size partition. If you restore a FAT32 partition to a new larger one, the partition will shrink back the original size during the restoration.

    To reset up your hard drive, run the installer and restore using your TM first. Then run the Boot Camp Assistant again to set up a BootCamp partition, then run WinClone to restore the image to that.

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