is it possible to clone a pc hd using mac software?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mactree, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. mactree macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2006
    So I'm trying to help a friend out with his dying PC running windows vista. From some basic trouble shooting it appears her hd is failing. But what I'd like to do, is make a clone of her PC hd using my mac (if possible) then do a fresh install of vista back on her drive.
    Hopefully that would give me a safety copy of her drive as is... but also fix her problem at the same time because what I think is happening is the drive seems to be spinning down and stopping randomly.

    Anyway, moral of the story.. is there mac software that will allow me to make a clone of a pc drive?

  2. Yellowstone2012 macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2011
    Its possible to store any type of file on any OS. So yes, you could possibly transfer all her files to your Mac.

    When you do the fresh install of Vista, tell her to get an external hard drive and put everything on that. That is how I have my data setup.
  3. mactree thread starter macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2006
    great, but how would you go about transferring those files to my mac? Is there a specific application that does that.?

  4. niksimpsons macrumors member


    May 12, 2011

    I am not sure for such cloning software. But I have heard about Stellar Phoenix Mac on PC v4.0. It can recover inaccessible or formatted Mac data from Windows Platform. It would be helpful in case if you are unable to clone that drive.
  5. astrorider macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2008
  6. OldSchoolMacGuy macrumors 601


    Jul 10, 2008
  7. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    winclone's dead. The last official version 2.2 doesn't work on Lion and the 2.3 appears to be a hack.


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