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Winclone seems to be working again

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Mike Boreham Level 4 Level 4 (2,095 points)
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Jan 29, 2012 10:23 AM

Winclone was rock solid for me back in the days of Leopard and Vista, but with Lion and Windows 7 it became unrelaible. I moved on to Paragon which has been rock solid as well, provided there are four or fewer partitions (including EFI and Recovery).


Winclone 2.3.3 has just been released by the chap who has picked up the pieces after the creator dropped it. So I have been testing it.


I created a test Windows 7 x64 Bootcamp partition (not whole dedicated HD) in my Mac Pro running 10.7.2. and made a Winclone image of it. Then I tried restoring it in three different scenarios:


1. Restored it straight back to the partition I had imaged it from.


2. Wiped the hard drive the original had been on, recreated the Bootcamp partition with Boot Camp Assistant, and restored it to that.


3. Restored to a Bootcamp partition on a completely different hard drive.


All three restores have been completely succesfull.


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  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Jan 31, 2012 12:12 PM (in response to Mike Boreham)

    Maybe make this "primary" thread WinClone?

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Feb 1, 2012 4:14 PM (in response to Mike Boreham)

    For $19 Paragon "Clone OS" makes bootable copies (you can use either and no activation type even required) for those with dedicated Windows drives to work with.


    So for most people WinClone does offer help and hope.

  • DIESEL-X Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    May 3, 2012 2:51 AM (in response to Mike Boreham)

    Hi, thanks for all the useful info.


    It's regrettable that Lion has borken the previous ability to do perfect complete backups and restorations of Bootcamp; something I have always been able to enjoy and do with Acronis True Image Home 2010 when using Leopard/Snow Leopard. For me back then it just worked and had saved me many times because as often known Windows can on occasions become easily corruptable.


    The fact there is no definitive Bootcamp image backup procedure within OS X (for Apple's supported Bootcamp feature) is disturbing and a current void for Mac users that require both OS X and Windows, especially for those having actually got a Mac on the basis that it can run both OS's natively from boot.


    I now have a .tib Acronis Bootcamp backup image which I did make while using Lion, but naturally it will not restore using either Acronis Tue Image Home 2010 nor 2011 versions while running Lion OS; however I think I've read somewhere that the new 2012 version (possibly including the plus pack) can deal with EFI boot systems. Does this mean now being able to successefuly restore an aAcronis .tib backup image on a Lion Mac?

  • DIESEL-X Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    May 3, 2012 3:07 AM (in response to DIESEL-X)

    2012 version of Acronis True Image also states "Windows Dynamic Disks and GPT volumes support available with Plus Pack add-on." I presume that GPT refers to GUID Partition Table, a necessary feature for functionality within this discussion.


    Tried to edit this into previous post but the forum site-maintenance appeared upon update post and stopped it going through in the nick of time

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    May 3, 2012 5:03 AM (in response to DIESEL-X)

    acronis has had gpt for years but that does not = works with apple and boot camp and proprietary partition table used.


    GPT Drives


    Windows GPT UEFI FAQ


    Tech_ Secrets of the GPT

  • DIESEL-X Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    May 4, 2012 7:18 AM (in response to The hatter)

    What your saying is slightly confussing? I'm assuming you meant "does not = works with apple's Lion and boot camp installation under Lion" right? Naturally this is entirely true with regard to to Lion.


    I have personally restored Windows 7 (x64 Ultimate) BOOTCAMP ' Acronis made .tib backup image files back-onto the Bootcamp partition of my then previous MacBook Pro 17" early 2009 machine with Snow Leopard running as the OS. Of course I had to use an external drive either formatted in NTFS or use a TimeCapsule as a remote WiFi network disk in order to do the Backup image within Acronis True Image Home 2010 and then restore the Acronis .tib backup image contained on an external HTFS formated drive only which was the best way for the Acronis Media BOOT DVD procedure to be able to see it and retrieve it. For me it just worked! until Lion of course... If that wasn't supposed to work then something I did obviously made it work (maybe formerly editing the partitions with iPartition chnged the structure - who knows, but it worked and I never had any problem from the restored Bootcamp version.


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