Winclone Alternative?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by rekhyt, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. rekhyt macrumors 65816

    Jun 20, 2008
    Part of the old MR guard.
    I'm planning on purchasing a new hard drive soon to replace my current MacBook Pro 15" HD. For Mac, I'll be restoring my HD configuration through Time Machine.

    I don't really want to reinstall Windows and reinstall all the apps and games on it and do not have a Windows-based imaging program that I could use.

    I've heard of an app called WinClone that acts like CCC or SuperDuper and can image and restore the installation for you. However, the development of WinClone has apparently stopped and according to some posts in the MacUpdate link, it is incompatible with Snow Leopard/other users are experiencing problems while using WinClone.

    What should I do?
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Development has stopped, but it works for me on Snow Leopard. I used it to migrate my BootCamp partition from my old MacBook Air to my new one.
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    yeah i just used WC about 2 days ago to backup my W7 partition, works great.
  4. maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010

    Sorry for digging an older thread up but I have questions regarding the same topic!

    Since Winclone (2.2) doesn't want to work in Mac OS X Lion (see screenshot) what other alternatives do I have??

    I would like to migrate a Windows 7 Bootcamp Partition from Mac OS X Snow Leopard to another Mac with Mac OS X Lion.

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  5. h4llp4ss macrumors newbie

    Aug 2, 2011
    Maril, I also have the same issue. Have you found an alternative?

  6. stjric macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2011
    how to use win clone in lion??

    Yeah, I have same issue. My own fault really as installed a new HDD when lion came out and decided to rush in an install lion first before porting over bootcamp. So i have my win7 image but can't install it.

    I hear there is a hacked version of winclone 2.3 available that works on lion but i have also heard some bad reports about it too. anyone here had any experience with it?

    this is the download link that i found but I'm bit scared to test it out myself as it has not been made my twocanoes (and their site seems to be down at the mo so offers no help).

    link that i found:

    it was from another thread on this forum here:

    but that thread wasn't quite as relevant to my query as this one so decided to post here.

    please help as can't face a fresh install of windows :(
  7. jaredtheclark macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2011

    I've got this same problem, I'm wondering if there's a way to trick winclone into thinking that its on snow leopard? It seems like the reason it dosent want to work is because it thinks its on an old version that wont support it.
  8. AP-123 macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2009
    would love to know...

  9. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    I just tried Winclone 2.3 in Lion It got 99% done then gave me a error. I rebooted in Snow Leopard and tried again and it worked. So for now I guess I need to keep a Snow Leopard disk around for winclone.
    I tried Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2011 Suite It made a archive with no problem but I canceled the restore (moving to a new hard drive) after 24 hours it was only 81 GB not sure if it is reliable, winclone took 40 minutes to move the data
  10. maril1111, Aug 9, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2011

    maril1111 macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2010

    Hey sorry for the late reply but I found a solution :D, It however requires a bit of digging into the system.

    (This requires the download and installation of the Developer tools (you can get it for free on the app store.)Also make a system backup of the mac partition (just in case)

    First you go to:
    Macintosh HD in my case(your harddrive name) >System>Library>CoreServices>Systemversion.plist (see screenshot)

    2nd:(you give yourself read/write permission to the CoreServies Folder and the System) otherwise the plist will not allow itself to be saved.

    You open the plist with Xcode:

    And you edit the productversion 10.7 to 10.6 (herby confusing Winclone into believing you are running snow leopard.

    Now you can open winclone in Mac OS X lion.

    Than you do all you have to in Winclone.

    When you are done you go back to the first step, however you can't use Xcode 4.1 in Snow Leopard so you right click the file SystemVersion.plist and open it with dashcode and change 10.6 back to 10.7.(screenshot attached)

    And voila you are in Mac OS X lion again.

    Feel free to ask any questions.

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  11. dimme macrumors 65816

    Feb 14, 2007
    SF, CA
    Thanks for the tip maril1111. I guess for now I will just keep a Snow Leopard partition around. I can open up winclone 2.3 in Lion But it failed to reinstall the disk image. I read 2.3 was a hacked version for Lion. Not that everything is working I guess I just wait for a new version.

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