Survey: Best utility to backup the BootCamp partition

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by gahideg, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. gahideg macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2010
    Spokane, WA
    So, what has been your best backup utility to image your BootCamp partition?
    Winclone or something else? I have not had good luck with Winclone and since that site is now down, I'm looking for a solid alternative so that I can keep up and running should my Windows environment carp-out on me.
    List the utility, your version of Windows OS and what machine you are running it on.
  2. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    Winclone works fine if you just read the instructions for use with Snow Leopard and Windows 7. Disable compression and it works just fine. If I'm messing with my partition I'll definitely grab a Winclone image.

    That said, on a daily basis I back up to my Windows Home Server with the provided backup tool, and will also use Acronis True Image Home in a pinch. The nice thing about Acronis is that its images can be mounted and also converted to VMWare VMs in a pinch.

    EDIT: OS X 10.6.4 on all 3 Macs. XP Home on the iMac, W7 Pro 32 on the MB, W7 Ultimate 64 on the MBP. True Image Home is on the MBP. The WHS is an HP Mediasmart EX490.

  3. ryannazaretian macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2008
    Dump Time Machine if you're using it and install CrashPlan.

    Works on OSX and Windows.

    Automatic backups daily.

    Works over the internet if you're using another machine to backup.
  4. thermodynamic Suspended


    May 3, 2009
    CrashPlan is "free" and doesn't cover OS partitions - I'll have to look more into it, but being web-based (cloud), I wonder what the TRUE cost of it is. Nobody gives something away unless they get something else in return. And I've read enough terms of service agreements from other "free" services to note those providing the service get far more in return than its users.
  5. ciaran00 macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2010
    They're not giving away any online storage.

    The only thing free is the backup software.
  6. ryannazaretian macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2008
    To clarify...

    It's free to use, unless you want to use their Crashplan Central service, which is the 'cloud' type backup service.

    I use my desktop as the 'server.' There, I have everything backed up on a single 1TB drive. My desktop's 500GB storage drive and 120GB SSD are backed up onto the 1TB drive, as well as my MacBook Pro's 2 partitions for OSX and Windows.

    So, total cost for me is free + price of electricity and 1TB drive.\

    It's a really convenient service that I have not had to use yet. *Knocks on wood*
  7. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    I use winclone. Never had a problem.
    I used to keep a true image copy (the program works great on "real PCs") But I need to restore a windows partition on a mac pro and it was a no go. Backs up fine but will not restore.

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