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Thanks to the visual studio 15.3 update debacle I'm doing a full system reinstall so I can go back to update 2 and actually get some work done.
I'm running windows 10 under bootcamp on my MacBook and so was writing a long email while repartitioning the drive.
I'm almost at the end of the email when mac pops up a window asking for my password to 'make some changes'. Given that macOS asks for your password every 30 seconds (the irony of those 'I'm a mac / I'm a PC ads is thick and ripe) I enter my password without thinking.
And so macOS reboots the machine. No warning. No prompt to save my work. No nothing. Poof.
I'm almost at the end of the email when mac pops up a window asking for my password to 'make some changes'.
If such notification dialog box (e.g. 'making some changes') has appeared, you should have never enter a password immediately. Instead, all what you have needed is to save all your work done and then confirm making those system-wide changes such as performing the hard drive partitioning. Normally, it's not a good practice to do some work on the machine that is currently performing the system maintenance tasks. It basically refers to either using of the latest Windows 10 or other OS, and macOS Sierra as well. Thou, under Windows 10 there's a software that makes this process more intelligent. For example, Paragon Hard Disk Manager when run directly under Windows (not booted from usb stick drive), to backup a system partition, first creates and inf-file for batch processing, and right after asks to restart the computer. When computer is booting up the next time, it executes the inf-file that starts the backup utility or partitioner. After system specific tasks are completed it performs a final reboot with all changes made.
And also, when macOS Sierra is about to apply system-wide changes such as updates, a tiny dialog appears on the upper right corner of the desktop, notifying that it's time to reboot your machine. Normally, the following process won't continue and the system will not reboot until you've toggled a button within this dialog. So be careful with it.
Since you've typed in a e-mail message text, probably there should have been an auto-save for the document you've created. I mean that probably a temporary file was created at a certain location under macOS system partition and has been updated timely. Just search for this file, it must contain the document you've created.
Additionally, it's not a good practice to make some kind of the hard drive partitions layout changes if the hard drive contains another system partition for the other OS. To reinstall Windows 10 the all you should have to do is to run Windows 10 setup and select a logical drive previously formatted to setup Windows 10. In this case, if you have done that, Windows 10 would just have been setup (e.g. re-installed) to the existing logical drive in which it was installed before). Also, there's no need to re-created those three small system-specific partitions such either Recovery or EFI partitions for that purpose.
Also, I would recommend to setup and schedule the conventional Windows Backup that will create whatever incremental or shadow copy of your Windows system drive. The incremental copy is recommended in this case, since you're using MacBook with a limited free space on your hard drive.
Here's a quick recipe you can use for a next time:
If you need to re-install Windows 10 running under BootCamp on macOS machine, just do the following:
0. Boot up your machine under Windows 10;
1. Download and install Paragon Hard Disk Manager 15 Premium;
2. Re-partition hard drive to exactly meet your requirements.
(Note: don't make changes to system specific logical drives (such as EFI or Recovery), it
might permanently damage both systems Windows 10 and macOS, so that none of those will
properly boot up);
3. Under Paragon HDD Manager, apply those changes made.
(Note: probably it will ask to reboot. Then save all your work and do so). It will smartly
make all those changes made);
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpful answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.
So who here is taking off work to watch the eclipse? (In North America, that is)
I've had the day off scheduled about 4 weeks in advance, and I'm going to be gathering with my astronomy club at a National Park Service event in NJ. We'll all have our telescopes and solar binoculars ready to go.
The difficult we do right away...
...the impossible takes slightly longer.