My current MacBook Pro is configured to run both OSX and Windows, either via Boot Camp or Parallels. It's backing up to a Time Capsule.

I want to set up a new MacBook Pro with the identical configuration along with data and applications that reside in both partitions.

Can a backup be restored onto a new machine and have both OSX and Windows partitions?

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    TimeMachine doesn't backup your Bootcamp partition, how are you currently backup up this?
    – nohillside
    Oct 1, 2014 at 19:18

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Unfortunately, Time Capsule won't back up your Windows partition. You'd have to do that separately.

I'd suggest using a program like Crashplan to backup your entire Windows hard drive to an external HDD (free with Crashplan). Then format and/or restore you Mac OS X hard drive from Time Capsule without changing the partitions, and finally format and/or restore your Windows partition from the Crashplan backup.

Of course, Windows being Windows, needing a format every now and then (yes, I'm prejudiced) and not having a proper "restore entire OS from backup" option like Mac OS X, an easier road might just be to backup the actual important data of your Windows partition, like documents and application preferences, onto an external hard drive, and to then format the partition and install a fresh copy of Windows to which you copy your important stuff. That's probably what I would do.


No, you can't. Time machine can't backup Windows partitions. The only software I have found that can do this seems to be Winclone, however it's not really cheap.

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