Lion Recovery Partition and Bootcamp Question

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by MacAndMic, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. MacAndMic macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2009
    Not sure if anyone actually knows this or not as I don't know if the recovery tools were in the developer's release but here goes.

    If I have an existing Bootcamp partition on my Mac and upgrade to Lion, what are the chances it will or will not mess up Bootcamp? Any time I've ever partitioned a drive in the windows world other partitions got smoked. Thoughts? Experience?

  2. PurrBall macrumors 65816


    Oct 25, 2007
    I've partitioned my drive in OS X and Boot Camp still works fine afterwards, so I wouldn't worry about it.
  3. electroscribe macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2011
    Lion and BootCamp - better safe than sorry

    If your Bootcamp partition crashes, you cannot simply put in your Windows DVD and reformat it. You will need the DVD or dowloaded install image of Mac OS X. Have learned -- the hard way -- a few safeguards, just in case something happens to the Windows partition running Bootcamp:

    1. Get a decent-sized USB drive (8 gigabytes or more) and regularly run the Backup and Restore control panel in Windows 7 (or Vista).

    2. Manually back up any other important files on your Bootcamp partition (better yet, keep them on your Mac partition). But you'll use those after all the fun you have reinstalling the Bootcamp partition and reinstalling Windows.

    3. Keep these items on hand, in a place you'll remember:

    A. The latest Mac install DVD (This computer came with Leopard, but I purchased an upgrade to Snow Leopard) used with your machine. Last I checked, I could NOT download the Bootcamp utility separately from the OSX install DVD or disk image.

    B. Your Windows 7 (or Vista or XP) DVD and any other applications you run on Windows.

    C. The Install Key number for Windows

    D. The Install Key number for any other Windows application and if it is an upgrade version, the previous version Install Key numbers as well (especially Adobe stuff)

    You will need all of these in case of a crash. And if you need tech support to reinstall the Bootcamp partition, plan on dealing with Apple, not Microsoft :) In my case, my Applecare paid for itself in just one incident. You probably WILL need to contact Microsoft's serial number activation phone numbers after a crash -- because you won't have time to deactivate those numbers and Windows may think you're running on an unauthorized copy.
  4. electroscribe macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2011
    Re: Better safe than sorry

    I realize the previous posting applied to Snow Leopard, not necessarily Lion.

    Hopefully, someone will tell us how or if Lion changes the following sequence:

    1. Restore the Bootcamp partition using Apple installers,
    2. Then reinstall Windows and run all updates
    3. Then reinstall any Windows-based applications and reactivate them.

    At some point in the Windows stage of the game, Windows will ask you to locate your Windows Backup and things will go a lot better for you if you have that.

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