How to Clone and Backup Mac OS?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Jinfiltration, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. Jinfiltration macrumors newbie


    Mar 17, 2016
    I am new to Mac OS.

    I had install Bootcamp inside my Mac OS.
    eveytime my windows inside my bootcamp got problem, I always go to Mac Desktop and delete windows from there.
    Then I reinstall and download Windows again.

    Is there any way to Clone the Windows inside the bootcamp and restore it after I delete the Windows.

    alternative, Is there any software to Clone the whole Mac OS into my Flashdrive/Portable Hardisk. So I can restore it, without reformat and set everything again and again.

    *I used to use Clonezilla to clone my Lunix, but I am not sure what software to use for Mac.
  2. komatsu macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2010
    Carbon Copy Cloner.

    I'm pretty sure CloneZilla would work as well.
  3. Jinfiltration thread starter macrumors newbie


    Mar 17, 2016
    you mean CloneZilla can clone the whole Mac OS included Windows Bootcamp inside?

    but my thumbdrive had to format as fat32 correct?
  4. CoastalOR macrumors 68020


    Jan 19, 2015
    Oregon, USA
    I use Winclone to clone the windows partition. Carbon Copy Cloner (I also use) will only clone the Mac partition.
  5. ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    When using bootcamp, your windows installation is not "inside" of your OS X installation at all. They are two completely separate partitions on your HDD or SSD. Bootcamp is simply a utility used to set up the partitions and to choose which partition to boot from.
  6. Jinfiltration thread starter macrumors newbie


    Mar 17, 2016
    Now I get it, thank you.
    I have 1 more question, Its is possible to set Mac PC auto boot up to Windows from shutdown at a schedule time?

    for exp. normal Windows desktop computer, asus motherboard, I can go to the bios setting and set its auto wake up time from shutdown.
  7. Fishrrman macrumors Pentium


    Feb 20, 2009
    OP asked:
    "How to Clone and Backup Mac OS?"

    As easy as it gets.
    Use either CarbonCopyCloner or SuperDuper.

    Right now, CCC has "the edge" because it can also clone your recovery partition.
    CCC is one of the outstanding examples of Mac software available.

    Note that CCC -CANNOT- clone the Windows partition, it only "speaks Mac".
    To clone the Windows partition, folks seem to recommend "Winclone".
  8. t0mat0 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2006
    Have you considered using a VM? Would help with the speed of resetting, backups etc
  9. ScoobyMcDoo, Mar 19, 2016
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2016

    ScoobyMcDoo macrumors 65816

    Nov 26, 2007
    Austin, TX
    I have never tried this because I don't use bootcamp, however it does surprise me since when I have used CCC, I noticed that is uses dd under the covers. I would think that dd would be able to easily make an image of any partition no matter what partition type it is. I use dd all the time to make images of linux and FAT partitions on various media.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 19, 2016 ---
    It looks like bootrunner will help you do this. I have no experience doing this, just found it quickly using this site. (you may have heard of it)

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