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Installation tips for a 10.5/Boot Camp hard drive upgrade
Authored by: imageworx on Mar 19, '09 09:44:39AM

I was just wondering how to backup a bootcamp to an upgrade. Thanks! However, twocanoes.com seems to be offline (getting error). Anyone else?

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Installation tips for a 10.5/Boot Camp hard drive upgrade
Authored by: haralds on Mar 19, '09 11:19:28AM

I find that using WinClone and CarbonCopy Cloner is the ticket. I use an external or network drive for WinClone backup (in fact, I back up my Windows this way frequently), and an external drive enclosure to duplicate OS X on the old drive. Here is my process:
WinClone
- if you are planning on reducing the partition, you need to Shrink the filesystem first.
- back up the WIN partition
Hardware
- Remove the old drive and place it into the external housing. I find that reading large amounts of data from the USB drive seems faster and more reliable than writing to it.
- Install the new drive.
- Plug in the external housing and boot from the old drive.
HFS Plus Cloning
- Partition your new drive - note partition tips below. Use BootCamp to create the Windows partition. It will be FAT32, but that does not matter. WinClone will restore to whatever format you had.
- Use CarbonCopyCloner to cipy your old OS X to the new drive. In my case, all activations etc. were retained.
- Shut down and boot from the new drive. Leave the old drive untouched for a few days in case of unforesee problems.
WinClone
- Use Winclone to restore the windows partition. Reboot from Windows, and be prepared for a long file system check on the first or second boot. My 100GB partition took 3-4 hours. Nothing will be wrong, it's just Windows (Vista n my case...)

If you want more than one HFS Plus partition, create a single partition first, then create the WIN partition with Boot Camp, then you can shrink the HFS Plus partition and add more.





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WIN backup for upgrade
Authored by: haralds on Mar 19, '09 11:23:44AM

I presume with upgrade you mean hardware?

WinClone should handle partition fine. The Apple Driver set handles all Apple systems, but you might run into a problem with Windows config anyway.

If that is the case, try uninstalling the Apple Boot Camp drivers before WinCloning, and reinstalling after booting the new system after the restore.

You will likely face reactivation.



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