Time Machine: Will it backup my Windows partition as well?

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  1. thiagos macrumors 6502

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    Will Time Machine backup my bootcamp Windows partition as well?
     
  2. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    I actually did not know the answer to this either as my BootCamp partition is not on my boot drive (which is the only drive in my Mac Pro that I have Time Machine backup- the rest are backed up to externals with Carbon Copy Cloner), so I just did a Google search on "does time machine backup bootcamp?".

    The answer is that it does not do that, as Time Machine does not attempt to backup NTFS or FAT32 partitions. In order to backup your BootCamp partition manually, you can use the free utility WinClone.

    Here's one little trick I saw though- Winclone does its backup by creating an image file of the BootCamp partition, so if you have it save the image to an OSX drive that is being backed up by Time Machine that image will obviously then be included in the TM backup. The downside of that is that if your BootCamp partition is large then anytime you update the WinClone image of it Time Machine will make another complete copy of the image, thus using a lot of space. That is why I will continue to use WinClone to image to an external drive, but the other trick might be ok for someone with a small BootCamp partition.
     
  3. thiagos thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I appreciate the help, thanks :)
     

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