I run Windows as my main OS, but I run it on Mac Hardware. Why? Do you ask? The answer is simple. Apple / Mac Hardware is superior to everything else out there. Where can you get Desktop Performance on a Laptop without worrying about anything else? Yes, I can buy a Lamborghini laptop, but parts availability and service are going to be an issue if I need service. I need it right away and Apple has Mac Stores that are open 24/7 in most cities.
So I went down that path. Everything in Bootcamp with a minimal OSX install. Why? In the even I need computing and Windows had a freak attack (it’s a Microsoft thing).
So I have the best of both worlds. The only problem is there is no real solution for dealing with both OS’s on a single backup platform.
I solved this problem with 2 things.
1. an 8 GB USB stick formatted to install OSX from the 8GB USB Drive. (keep it in my backpack) and…
2. An Acronis True Image Home Backup USB Stick for restore.
What do I do? Real simple.. Keep a secondary backup on a Wintec Filemate Card and use Acronis Trueimage to do a full image of my base windows dirs and data.
I backup every night + have the ability to restore off a secondary medium if necessary.
Why do I do it this way? Let’s just say I’ve been down that road. The money for the hardware and software is meaningless.. it’s the data and accessibility to it.
The key is to install an Apple OSX partition with REfit installed on the filemate. This way, worse comes to worse, you can always mount your bootcamp partition and get at the data.
I keep the USBs around in the even I need a full restore.
Just rotate the backups or keep the Snapshots on the filemate. This way, you can reboot into windows with no problems even if you do have a problem.
Refit gives you the option to reboot into any partition you need to and that’s important.. If your bootcamp is hosed, just boot off the Windows 7 USB and do a restore point. Then do a Refit boot into bootcamp. All will be well.
Simple solutions for under $30.00.
If worse comes to worse, you restore an Acronis True Image Home Backup to your bootcamp partition and you’re up and running within 15 min.
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