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Briefly, Boot Camp is a convenience utility provided by Apple to make it easier for a user to create a partition for Windows and at the same time prepare it for the Win Boot Sector. We have to remember that Mac machines do not use a CMOS functioning BIOS but rather use EFI. Boot Camp is designed so as to create one partition from a disk that has not been otherwise partitioned. That's so as to keep things simple and to prevent overwriting your Mac partition.

You could certainly install Windows without using Boot Camp but it would not be as easy. Disk Utility can do it but it takes some skill to get it all set up correctly. Most new users would probably not be able to do it without possibly destroying their OS X installation. And, when you're trying to set up a hard drive with four partitions, that's an even more difficult task.

As for backing things up when doing partitioning, the best tool to use is a program that can create a bootable clone of your hard drive contents. SuperDuper (shareware) or Carbon Copy Cloner (donation ware) work best.
Time Machine is a great tool to use but it does not create a bootable backup.

I really have to wonder why you're so dead set on creating four partitions in the first place? You can easily share data between the Mac side and Windows side by the use of drivers or an external drive.

Keep it simple and if it isn't broke, don't try to fix it.
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