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Grahf85 Level 1 (0 points)

I am attempting to restore a bootcamp partition I had with Windows 7 on it.  I backed up the partition by making an iso in terminal, which probably wasn't the best thing to do.  This iso is about 100GB and on my main partition and an external hard drive I have.  Using disk utility I deleted the boot camp partition and resized it to 225GB.  After I resized it I used termial to try and restore the iso by using the command "sudo dd if=~/Bootcamp.iso of=/dev/disk0s4"  Then after a long long time all of my files are back on the new boot camp partition, but all of the sudden it is only 100GB.  Where did the other 125GB go?  Also, I can't boot to the drive by holding the option key since the drive isn't listed.  What am I doing wrong?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3)
  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    You can't do what you are trying to do. It will not work. First off OS X can not Write to NTFS formatted partitions. Windows will only install and run on a partitiion formatted NTFS. The only way to format a partition NTFS on a Mac it to use a Version of Windows. The only way to use a version of Windows on a Mac to format a partition NTFS is to use Boot Camp to install it and during the Windows install format the partition NTFS.

     

    So it looks like you are doing everything wrong.

  • Grahf85 Level 1 (0 points)

    OS X is writting to the partition.  After I use terminal I can take files from the boot camp partition and place them on my os x partition.  So if I do a fresh install of Windows on the boot camp partition will I then beable to use the iso to restore all of my files?

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    Is the partition formatted NTFS? If it is OS X is NOT writing to it. It may be taking part of it and changing it to FAT32 but it is not writing to a NTFS partition. It can't.

     

    Will you be able to use the ISO after a reinstall of Windows? No I don't think you can. You have to use some other program to backup and restore a boot camp windows partition. I forget the name of that program.

  • Grahf85 Level 1 (0 points)

    I never said it was formatted to NTFS..... 

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    OK simple fact is you can't do what you are trying to do. It will not work.

  • Grahf85 Level 1 (0 points)

    You are saying that is is impossible to restore boot camp with an iso?

  • Allan Eckert Level 9 (50,699 points)

    To a partition that is not formatted NTFS, yes.

     

    Allan

  • Grahf85 Level 1 (0 points)

    OK so if I use the windows 7 install disc and format the boot camp partition to NTFS then I can use terminal with the iso or should I try it through windows?

  • Grahf85 Level 1 (0 points)

    If I wanted to I could just move most of my files I want to keep from the boot camp partition to my OS X partition  and do a fresh install of windows and move everything back over after that.  I really don't want to install a bunch of programs and updates all over again though...

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    You can't move a BC partition over to OS X. Boot Camp is for installing Windows on it own separate partition. Once that is done you really can't do anything to that partition if you want Windows, or even OS X, to boot again (although OS X should still boot).

  • Grahf85 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am moving 100GBs of files between the boot camp partition and my os x partition now.  I tried a word doc just to make sure it works and it does work.  You like to say "no" don't you

  • Shootist007 Level 6 (16,660 points)

    I give up. Yes you can copy FILES to and from OS X and a Boot Camp partition. But you can NOT move the partition, which is what you said.

  • Grahf85 Level 1 (0 points)

    I said "I could just move most of my files"  FILES being the key word

  • Csound1 Level 8 (46,900 points)

    Grahf85 wrote:

     

    I said "I could just move most of my files"  FILES being the key word

    Correct, but you won't be able to boot Windows and you will get a partition the same size as your ISO.

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