What do I need to back up *before* partitioning?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by surprise!, Jan 12, 2010.

  1. surprise! macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2010
    I want to partition my MacBook, so I can install Windows and I currently have access to an external harddrive, but my laptop has the equivalent of my life on it so I want to make sure I back up anything and everything!

    So far I've copied all my Document files, iTunes, iCal, Downloads, other music and I'm in the process of backing up my iPhoto library.

    Aside from that... is there anything I'm missing?

    Also, how can I backup my Firefox bookmarks?
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
    You're going about it in a difficult way.

    1. Get Carbon Copy Cloner.
    2. Do a full bootable backup of laptop.
    3. Boot from backup and make sure everything is OK.
    4. Partition MacBook.
    5. Restore from backup using Carbon Copy CLoner.
  3. surprise! thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2010
    Thanks! I had no idea that there were those programs for free.

    Buut I still have an issue that, as the my roommate's external hard drive is WD and this is apparently a big issue:

    So just to be safe, since I don't own the external hard drive, I think I'd rather do it the hard way...

    Do you have any advice in regards to this?
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    You should always maintain a backup, but there is no particular need to make a backup today as opposed to yesterday or tomorrow. Boot Camp uses non-destructive partitioning, so your files shouldn't be affected.

    My WD hard drive works fine.
  5. surprise! thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 10, 2010
    Oh ok that's good to hear that you haven't had issues...

    But during my searching I came across this:
    Which I'm inclined to believe since it's straight from apple... and it says that partitioning *will* delete everything?

    I'm sorry, but this is just really confusing since it seems everyone is saying different things.
  6. chill. macrumors 6502

    Sep 1, 2008
    sounds like you backed up all your major stuff. i think you're making too big a deal out of this and overestimating the process. just take the plunge and partition your disk. i doubt your data will even be affected and you'll find you were over thinking the problem and be surprised how easy it is
  7. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
    The partition you want to do is called non-destructive; hence the name, in 99.99% of the cases it doesn't delete any data. It just creates a new partition in your harddrive in free space.

    Now, it is possible that something go wrong, and as such, in an effort to cover their behinds, people always say backup.

    If you don't have a backup, then now is a perfect time to do it. Having a backup is always a good idea.

    The apple document talks about partitioning as part of the process of formatting (which deletes the data), then partitioning.

    You should be fine to create a partition for bootcamp, without losing any data.
  8. Habitus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2009
    Where ever my life takes me...
    I agree, get carbon copy. I've used it numerous times without a complaint.

    Good luck,

    Habitus :apple:

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