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    So how do we backup the XP side of Boot Camp?
    Edit: Discovered a method, will post details later

    I'm interested in finding a solution for making a complete clone (disk image) of Windows XP under Boot Camp. Currently, the best solution I know of is CopyCatX, a $60 program that makes a complete clone of the hard drive (both OS X and XP). I'm looking for a way to make a copy of just the XP partition.

    The first option I tried was Norton Ghost. I couldn't make a copy the usual way (restarting from Windows and having Ghost auto-boot into it's backup program). It gave me the error "Unable to read MBR in Virtual Partition DLL". So I tried restarting the computer and booting up from the Ghost CD (which is bootable). It froze at the menu. So Ghost is currently a no-go, although I'm still holding out hope.

    The second option I tried is Apple's own Disk Utility. I made a .dmg of the XP partition, which was successful. However, I wasn't able to restore it from within OS X. I did some research and discovered that you supposedly can't restore an image to a partition that is on the same disk that your boot partition is. So I hooked up my Intel Mini to my wife's Intel iMac in Target Disk Mode via Firewire to see if I could copy the image back that way. Nope, the restore option is still grayed out. I gave it a last shot by booting the Mini's OS X disk and using Disk Utility from there. Still a no-go.

    I've read about various options using BartPE and other tools. I gave BartPE a try and didn't have any luck, but I'm no BartPE expert. If anyone knows how to clone just the XP partition, I'm all ears. Otherwise I'll give CopyCatX a shot.
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    I think you'll have to use a backup utility that copies the files you want to backup, rather than one that clones the entire partition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich
    I think you'll have to use a backup utility that copies the files you want to backup, rather than one that clones the entire partition.
    The trouble with that is that I use a lot of programs, especially a lot of small, custom applications. My install list is ~55 programs long and I like to make a base installation, create a cloned backup disk or image to a spare hard drive, and then restore that as needed. Really cuts down on my maintenance time because I don't have to reinstall every single one of those programs again. I still use many of them as I am still in the midst of switching and I'm not willing to re-invest in many applications like Adobe CS until they become universal. Thus I want to create a backup of the XP side of things. I think I'm just going to call it quits and pick up CopyCatX.
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    I would back it up just like any other Windows Box....


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    Quote Originally Posted by baggss
    I would back it up just like any other Windows Box....
    ...and backup until quarter 2, when Adobe releases CS3

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    i would actually recommend trying to back up to an external. It's what I do, and it's fast, efficient, and is fail-safe.
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    Just an FYI, I figured out how to do it - Bart WinPE + DriveImage XML is the ticket. I'll post details later, but it is definately doable
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    I posted a quickie version over at the OnMac.net forums for those of you who don't need step-by-step directions:

    http://forum.onmac.net/showpost.php?p=8837&postcount=8
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlindingLights
    i would actually recommend trying to back up to an external. It's what I do, and it's fast, efficient, and is fail-safe.
    going to an external drive is not fail safe - power outage? Harddrive dies? USB / Firewire cable gets accidently falls out, or port dies.

    Nothing in the world of technology is fail sfe.

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