Windows cloning

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by nsx23, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. nsx23 macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2010
    Does anyone know of a good software for cloning (not imaging) a Windows partition? Easeus wont' let me becuase the source drive is active or something....

    I want a full bootable clone, not an image. Any help would be appreciated.
  2. talmy macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    I used to do this with Partition Magic back when I ran mostly Windows, but I don't know how well that works (or even if it is still available) these days.
  3. balamw Moderator


    Staff Member

    Aug 16, 2005
    New England
    If you are not afraid of the command line you can do this with ntfsclone from ntfsprogs. (This is one of the tools used by Winclone to create an image.)

    You can also easily create a bitwise image using dd.

    NOTE that due to the way Windows boots, especially on a Mac. You generally will not be able to boot your "full bootable clone" without installing the drive to an internal bay in your Mac. USB generally doesn't work, though there has been some limited indication of success in FW enclosures.

  4. nsx23 thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2010
    I'm running an optibay atm, and I have rEFIt installed.

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