Can I clone a Bootcamp partition to a PC

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  1. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

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    Every tutorial I can find is for going from Windows to Bootcamp but I want to do the opposite.
    I have an existing Bootcamp partition that I want to migrate to an actual PC.
    Anybody got any tips on how I can do that?
    Thanks
     
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Can you believe that? That is what I suppose to do after a few days. Amazing.

    My thought is using backup software available under Windows to backup windows in here, and restore it to another machine. I think this could help.
     
  3. macenied macrumors 6502a

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    A BootCamp partition is just a normal Windows partition. You can use any software which supports cloning Windows across Harddisks / SSD´s.
     
  4. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    But I think it is needed to take care of boot manager when cloning it to a new PC. Boot information on Mac is stored inside their EFI partition.
     
  5. macenied, Aug 24, 2015
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    macenied macrumors 6502a

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    Good disk cloning software should be able to do that. If you have issues though, boot the destination system from Windows installation media and let Setup repair the boot information ( automatic ). Worked for me.

    BootCamp on Windows is just an Apple driver collection. BootCamp Windows is nothing special.
     
  6. Gjwilly thread starter macrumors 68030

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    So the only problem will be the completely different set of drivers, right?
     
  7. Intell macrumors P6

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    You can get around some of the driver problem by SysPrepping the OS when it is still on the Mac before it is transferred to the non-Mac.
     
  8. macenied macrumors 6502a

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    Most likely. Licensing may be another one. If the destination is not a Mac, uninstall BootCamp on destination.
     
  9. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Hmm. Good thought. Thanks.

    I have seen there are possible boot camp issues since destination maybe not a Mac computer. If users use Windows 10, he can try refreshing the machine with literally all applications removed, including boot camp.

    But yeah. I will have a try on that.
     
  10. macenied macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think you will have issues because the destination is not a Mac. Uninstalling bootcamp should help to keep the PC clean ( applehfs.sys, the special keyboard with its special function keys, ... ). Let us know :)
     

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