and I install a new hard drive. I restore the drive from my time machine back up (took a full day) now my VMware Fusion can't find my bootcamp library. Do I need to go back and create a partition on my hard drive first?
Yup, Windows is not backed up using Time Machine.
That's a bummer. How would you back up the partition? Just use an external hard drive?
You would need to use a MS Windows backup utility. One thing you may benefit from is Pondini's Time Machine FAQs.
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