What if I don't back up before doing Boot Camp?

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  1. Boesky macrumors 6502

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    I want to install Windows XP and will prob give it 25GB space. I don't have anything to back it up with, so what do I do? Can I proceed w/o backing up?
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    You can proceed, but you should always have a backup - just in case something goes wrong.
     
  3. celticpride678

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    Sure, but there is always a chance that your data will be lost during installation.
     
  4. spillproof macrumors 68020

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    Yes you can. But hurry to get a zip drive or external device.
     
  5. jmann macrumors 604

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    You can, but if you do you are foolish, and better expect the worst just so you aren't disappointed if something goes wrong. Buy an external and don't worry about it.
     
  6. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    A zip drive? :confused: They still make and/or sell those damn things?
     
  7. spillproof macrumors 68020

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    Wow, i just google imaged "zip drive". Dang old stuff.

    I have a habit of using 'zip' interchangeably with 'flash' and 'thumb' for small usb dongle type drives.
     
  8. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Oh God, Zip drives. Brings back so many memories. It was the glorified floppy disk.

    [​IMG]
     
  9. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Zip drives were the stuff back in the day
    I remember when I got mine and thought it was the greatest thing

    OP, you should have a backup strategy regardless of your intent to install Windows, however I would never recommend doing anything with a partition or Boot Camp without one

    Unless of course you have nothing on your drive that is important to you

    This forum is littered with threads from people who have lost everything without a backup

    Disk storage is always cheaper than data recovery

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
     

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