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Alternative to Winclone for Lion?

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buddy39914 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 4, 2011 3:17 PM

I know that there has probably been a thousand posts about this, but is there a simple alternative to Winclone for Lion. By simple I mean, that it just creates the Backup as an Image with one click, and then just restores it with one-click.  

 

Thank you.

 

Software for OS X, that is.

  • billearl Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)
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    Oct 4, 2011 3:48 PM (in response to buddy39914)

    The two best and most popular mac cloners are Carbon Copy Cloner http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/7032/carbon-copy-cloner and SuperDuper! http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/13803/superduper!. I have both, but use SuperDuper! as my main backup app. They both will create identical bootable drives, or disk images.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)
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    Oct 4, 2011 3:49 PM (in response to billearl)

    billearl wrote:

     

    The two best and most popular mac cloners are Carbon Copy Cloner http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/7032/carbon-copy-cloner and SuperDuper! http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/13803/superduper!. I have both, but use SuperDuper! as my main backup app. They both will create identical bootable drives, or disk images.

    Very nice, but neither will clone a Windows partition which is what Winclone did.

  • billearl Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)
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    Oct 4, 2011 4:55 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Ahh, now I remember Winclone. I was thinking this must be some kind of cloner from the Windows world. Thanks for correcting my faulty memory.

     

    Yes, I checked out Winclone at one point, and would have preferred it if it were supported, but settled on Casper to back up my Bootcamp partition. Of course, Casper runs within windows and I back up to a separate hard drive. I don't think Casper does disk images. I've never had occasion to restore or boot from the backup. Pretty decent backup app though. http://www.fssdev.com/products/casper/

     

    I don't believe there is anything similar to Winclone now. IIRC, it was too high-maintenance.

  • billearl Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)
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    Oct 4, 2011 4:53 PM (in response to buddy39914)

    buddy39914 wrote:

     

    Yes, I would like to create a backup image of the Windows partition that I made through Bootcamp.

    Right. Sorry for misunderstanding your first post. As I said above, there doesn't appear to be a solution for that anymore.

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,490 points)
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    Oct 4, 2011 4:59 PM (in response to buddy39914)

    About the only thing I can think of is Norton Ghost. You would need to set aside a drive formatted as NTFS, or at least FAT32 (if your disk image wouldn't exceed 2 GB).

     

    Norton bought out the makers of Drive Image a couple of years back. So if you've ever seen that, that's what Norton Ghost is now. Norton essentially threw out their code.

     

    Anyway, you install it while booted to Windows. You can then make your backup right from the desktop. Just don't do anything else while the image is being made so the disk contents aren't changing at the same time it's being backed up.

     

    To restore, you can boot to the Ghost DVD. I've used it for quite a while. It works very well.

  • steve359 Level 6 Level 6 (12,035 points)
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    Oct 4, 2011 5:21 PM (in response to buddy39914)

    I have used Acronis TruImage.

     

    I bought Acronis once, for Vista (it was a door prize 3 years ago -- chill all ).  When I moved to Windows 7, Acronis automatically said "I have a better version for free ... here it is!".

     

    Acronis makes a bootable CD (PC systems usually are not dual-booting) to disaster recovery.  How that works exactly in a dual-boot Mac is just the logistics, I would guess.

     

    Sorry to add confusion, but a wealth of confusing options is better than "only one bad choice".

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)
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    Oct 4, 2011 5:24 PM (in response to buddy39914)

    I believe that CopyCatX can do 'block copies' of the entire drive, all partittions at once, have a look at it.

     

     

     

     

     

    I just checked their site which states that cloning a Bootcamp partition is supported.

     

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  • harryb Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
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    Oct 23, 2011 9:11 PM (in response to Csound1)

    Your link advises for Mac only and not for Windows.  Where did info about cloning Bootcamp come from, please?

  • Kurt Lang Level 7 Level 7 (31,490 points)
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    Oct 24, 2011 6:49 AM (in response to Csound1)
    I believe that CopyCatX can do 'block copies' of the entire drive, all partittions at once, have a look at it.

    Didn't know they had that! I use FileSalvage at times. Excellent software, so I would guess CopyCatX would also be good. I already have Norton Ghost (have had for a while), and it works great for creating and restoring Windows partitions. The real nuisance is that you have to boot to the CD to do it.

     

    I would really like to get back to the functionality WinClone had of backing up or restoring Windows without having it tie up the Mac with the singular mode of Norton Ghost. Nice to be able to keep working while a backup or restore of a Windows partition is going on in the background.

  • Csound1 Level 7 Level 7 (32,360 points)
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    Oct 24, 2011 8:41 AM (in response to harryb)

    harryb wrote:

     

    Your link advises for Mac only and not for Windows.  Where did info about cloning Bootcamp come from, please?

    Correct, it is a mac program,

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