Reinstall OSX - Do I Need to Backup My Bootcamp Partition??

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by sixth, Mar 11, 2008.

  1. sixth macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2006
    Correct me if I am wrong but Boot Camp is its own partition. I want to reinstall OSX for a few reasons, but my main question is can I do that and leave my bootcamp partition in tact without reinstalling Windows? I dont see why I can't because its on its own partition and I am only installing OSX on its own partition. The machine should still see the windows partition once I reinstall....

    Correct?? Or does a reinstall of OSX delete the bootcamp as well?
  2. sash macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2004
    Hi, you're 100 % correct, reinstalling Mac OS does not affect Windows partition. Even if you'll choose 'erase and install', you'll be given a choice which partition should be erased.

  3. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    You are correct,when you start the OS X install it gives you the option of what drive/partition you want to install it
  4. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    No, but it may be worthwhile anyway in case something goes wrong, but you should be OK.
  5. sixth thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2006
    Thanks guys, I was pretty sure it wouldnt effect it but I wasn't sure if there were any 'hooks' or anything.

    I will make sure to back up the Windows partition just in case. :)

    Thanks guys!
  6. crm114 macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    dude - i would totally back that up. you never know. seriously.
  7. sixth thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 16, 2006
    yeah i am planning on osx partition is just blowing up...need to blow it away and start fresh, to many installs and too much hacking around in terminal plus a failed install of logic pro....just starting fresh.
  8. MaLdocK macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2008
    Noob question but what must i do to reinstall 10.5?
    i wanna do it once and do it good.
    Reinstall, partition for bootcamp then partition for applications
  9. pastrychef macrumors 601


    Sep 15, 2006
    New York City, NY
    Just start up from the Leopard disc. Everything after that is pretty much self explanatory.

    To start up from the Leopard dics, just hold the 'C' key while you boot up.

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