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10.4: Backup, restore, resize, and convert Boot Camp partitions
Authored by: kpgwolf on Sep 01, '07 12:44:26PM
I love the "I haven't actually tried this" disclaimer; that helps build confidence that your idea is valid and should be relied upon...

I managed to upgrade my HDD and resize my BootCamp partition all at the same time, and -- did I mention -- actually performed these actions in the real world, not merely in theory. If you aren't replacing the HDD, and are squeamish about trying to dynamically grow the partition, then you can just use WinClone to backup the BootCamp partition to a file, then use BootCamp Assistant to delete and recreate the partition, start the install, cancel out after formatting, and then use WinClone to restore the image to the new, bigger partition...

Anyhow, here's my list of steps, including the HDD upgrade and making VMWare Fusion happy again after the transformation:

Hopefully, it will help somebody out.

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10.4: Backup, restore, resize, and convert Boot Camp partitions
Authored by: JohnnyO on Sep 04, '07 09:52:37AM

Thanks for the timely write-up!

Your summary was the best I've found. I followed your roadmap with a few minor differences:

1) I had a FAT32 Windows partition, and intended to keep it that way so I can read and write from OS X, so I followed the instructions to use the "Restore" feature of Disk Utility to backup and restore the Windows partition. This worked very well. Detailed instructions are available at:

2) I ended up buying a Vantec NexStar 3 NST-360SU at the local MicroCenter, since I needed it right away, instead of getting the enclosure from OWC.

3) For some reason, the drive initialization defauled to the Apple Partition Format, not the required GUID Partition Table, so after reloading from SuperDuper, I could not get Boot Camp Assistant to partition for Windows. I had to re-format the drive and select the proper partition scheme. I would have assumed that with the external drive attached (via FireWire -- this was a different enclosure on a different drive than the one mentioned above) to my MacBook Pro, that the GUID partition map would have been the default partition type.

Other than that, it worked like a champ!

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10.4: Backup, restore, resize, and convert Boot Camp partitions
Authored by: slylabs13 on Feb 24, '10 09:46:04AM

> Detailed instructions are available at:

This link is inaccessible. Even when I log in to Apple Discussions with my account, it still will not allow me to view this thread. Bottom line, Microsoft simply does NOT WANT anyone doing what we are trying to do, and is making Apple squelch any means of allowing it.

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