I'm currently using a MacBook Pro i7 and My OSX fails to recognize the NTFS partition which my Windows 7 Ultimate is installed on.
It seems something has gone wrong during the boot camp installation.
I've tried everything to solve the problem, but I never had luck.
The thing is, my Windows 7 drive is about 300GB and there are a lot of applications to be installed when I reformat it that would require more than the time it would take to copy a 300GB data at USB 2.0 speed rate. Not to mention the time it takes to re-configure all those applications.
What I've figured out after days of research is that in order to solve my problem I had to rebuild the partition table so that my Mac OSX would recognize my NTFS partition this time which is not possible without having my hard drive to format some of the drives.
Some of the application configuration is very easy to migrate, like ones that store their data in AppData folder, but I do also have numerous application that scatters their configuration files, project files and etc all over the place. One of the great examples are Adobe applications.
I do a clean install of Windows once to twice a year on every PC's and it is usually easy when I partition them, but the laptop already has four partitions so I did not have a chance to make an additional partition.
Here is my partition table just to give you clear picture of my hard drive on my laptop.
[Windows 7 Reserved: 200MB] [Windows 7: 300GB] [Mac OSX: 150GB] [Mac OSX Reserved: 1GB]
My question is, are there are any safe applications that lets me to dump the whole disk as an image file and restore it later to make the partition fully working with Windows 7 on as a boot drive?
If not, is there any fastest and best way to reformat, install Windows 7 and restore all my back ups?
I have one 320GB and one 500GB external HDD that would act to store the backup so storage is not an issue here.
Please understand a long post but I had to be as detailed as possible so that you guys have enough information to help.