View Full Version : How to back up FAT32 partition used by BootCamp?

08-24-2006, 09:47 PM
I used BootCamp to install Windows XP in a 7 GB FAT32 partition on my MacBook hard drive. However, I can't get SuperDuper! to recognize that partition, so it appears not to be possible to back it up using SD.

The WinXP partition is readable/viewable from the MacOSX side, so in theory at least, it seems there ought to be a way to copy that data to an external partition in a way that could serve as a restorable (if not necessarily bootable) backup, but maybe SD can't do it?

Any suggestions? I realize that I could probably install a different backup program on the WinXP side and run the backup when booted to XP, but I've never been terribly happy with the Win-compatible programs I've seen. By comparison, SuperDuper is a dream.

08-24-2006, 11:06 PM
SuperDuper! isn't designed to back up non-HFS+ volumes, so we can't back up BootCamp. In general, I suggest using a Windows backup program, as much as you might not want to, because they're tested with Windows and can handle things properly.

Alternatively, you can use Parallels Desktop which stores its data under HFS+, and we're happy to back that up.