Getting Clonezilla on USB to start on the MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by WildNZ, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. WildNZ macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2010
    Hi everyone, I've been struggling to get Clonezilla to start on my 2010 [I now have a 2011 also, same results] MBA.

    Specifically I download the i486 iso [I've also tried the x64 variant] from the Clonezilla website and then use Tuxboot [as per the Clonezilla website instructions] to create a 1GB bootable USB drive.

    Now the USB created will work fine on my PC, however on the MBA with refit installed, when I select the USB it will simply boot into a 'Grub' command prompt rather than the Clonezilla interface.

    I get the same results if I skip Tuxboot and use the manual USB install batch file that comes with Clonezilla.

    I've read a number of people on here have used Clonezilla on their MBA so I'd love to know your secret as I'm pulling my hair out here!

    I want to get Clonezilla working as I'm trying to find a way to take a complete image of my MBA hard drive including mac and Win7 partitions...

    Thanks a lot
  2. WildNZ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2010
  3. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    could you not just use carbon copy...or does it not work imaging hidden and win partitions also?
  4. WildNZ thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2010
    CCC will not clone NTFS partitions unfortunately... so not suitable for the task of providing a whole laptop image/backup, cheers.
  5. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    I'm on the same boat, but I am not confident on a Clonezilla restore on a new MBA. I tried one and failed, although I admit it may have been user error. :rolleyes:

    When I booted off the Clonezilla USB key, I had two choices - EFI or Windows. I chose Windows and that got me to the Clonezilla main menu.

    Reinstalling Windows in Bootcamp is so easy I am going to try using the built in backup and restore option. I backed up and created a system image using the built in tool. In case of disaster, I'll reinstall Win7 clean and then do a restore to get all my updates and apps back.

    On a related note Camptune from Paragon Software doesn't work on the new MBAs with Lion. I got an email from their tech support. It seems the drive partitioning scheme is different. Therefore, any of these cloning solutions will likely also need to be updated. I wish they made one like Acronis True Image that was Mac compatible.
  6. dthatcher7 macrumors newbie


    Sep 17, 2015

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