how to clone a PC as a bootcamp partition

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by juan9999, May 25, 2011.

  1. juan9999 macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2007
    I have a windoze XP work laptop which weighs a ton that I'd like to clone onto a macbook air. It currently also runs pointsec HD encryption. It is on a 120GB hard drive although 80% of that is empty.

    Does anyone have any tips on how to clone this and restore it onto a smaller bootcamp partition?
  2. Quad5Ny, May 25, 2011
    Last edited: May 25, 2011

    Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    New York, USA
    There's a good chance your going to run into encryption, licensing, driver and space issues if you were to just copy the WinXP install over.

    Is this a company issued laptop? If so you better check their policy's before trying anything.

    What you would need to do is:
    • Decrypt
    • Install/Enable Intel AHCI drivers
    • Clean (out temporary files/system restore points)
    • Defragment
    • Shrink the partition (I doubt you have enough space on your Air's HD for a 120GB Windows partition)
    • Clone the partition onto a spare USB drive using some kind of backup software
    • Use the Boot Camp Assistant to create a Windows Partition
    • Restore your backup onto the Boot Camp Partition
    • Pray you don't run into any Driver/HAL/Boot issues
    • Re-activate Windows
    • Remove unnecessary drivers/software (trackpad/video/network/power saving software/ect.)
    • Install the Boot Camp Drivers
    • Re-encrypt both laptops (Air and original laptop) if your company requires that
    • Wipe the USB drive you used (Your company might require this if they were using encryption)

    Seriously though, you are much better off doing a fresh Windows XP install in Boot Camp or even downloading VMware Fusion/Parallels Desktop/Oracle VirtualBox and installing a fresh copy there.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Your best and safest bet is to install XP fresh as opposed to cloning it onto your old laptop onto a MBA.
  4. juan9999 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2007
    Thanks for the suggestions- it may be easier to copy the firm applications to a new install of xp. The only challenge is that for a lot of them (custom versions of Ipass, VPN software, Notes, ..., I don't have the install disks for)... hum dillema!

    Do any of the virtual PC machines create a virtual machine out of a real install?

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