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Does Winclone work anymore with 10.5.7? Any other way to restore XP clone?

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I've upgraded my MacBook hard drive to a 500GB. I can't get Winclone to restore my XP. I'm using Winclone 2.0.10, and I've created an NTFS partition using Boot Camp Assistant and my XP Pro installation disk. When I try to restore my XP clone that is on an external drive to the new internal NTFS partition, nothing happens.

The twocanoes.com website is down, and apparently has been for several weeks, so there is no info whatsoever from the developer.

Is there any other way I can get my XP cloned back onto my new internal drive?
Macs Since 1984!, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Leopard on 12" G4 Powerbook 1.5GHz, and Macbooks 2.2 and 2.4 GHz
  • rgrodevant Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    This is umm dated (1.6) but as far as documentation goes, at least it exists:

    http://www.macworld.com/article/131253/2007/12/winclone.html

    Archive.org has some of twocanoes webpage (as of January) available:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20080115171552rn_1/www.twocanoes.com/winclone/

    And ..for a very limited time you try googling for terms like "restore winclone" and select Google's cached copy of any matching pages from twocanoes.com.

    Might want to hop on it quick because those cached pages will be history very soon.
    Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • NA Smith Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)
    Interesting report.

    All I know about the subject is that I decided one day to re-size my partitions. I started with an 80GB Windows partition (very little on it - well over 60GB free space) and wiped the XP side using BootCamp. I remade the Windows side into a 60GB (20 smaller than before) and then tried WinClone restore.

    Stupid move. I had no idea it would require ALL THE EMPTY SPACE it used in the first install! Lucky me I stored all my essential files beforehand on to a 8GB stick. I fresh-installed XP.

    I wonder though - IF I HAD wanted a LARGER partition, would the Winclone restore still work? Or does it only restore to exactly the same drive size as it was saved to?
    Macbook Black 2.0 GHz Intel Dec 2006 Leopard, Mac OS X (10.5.6), XP Pro 2GB RAM 200GB 7200RPM Travelstar HD
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,560 points)
    You have to decide before doing the backup, what type of restore you plan to do, or it won't allow changing the size. Backward sounding to me.

    Paragon Partition Manager 10 has some support for Boot Camp and resizing. They also make CampTune which is a linux CD and can also attempt to resize, though not everyone is happy - mostly those without backups!

    I've always felt, and said, that even a 'small' OS X update can change how disk drives and partition tables are handled. And sometimes you really might want to do a full backup/format/restore, as it works better. (The upgrade from Tiger to Leopard; with the change from Beta Boot Camp 1.4 to 2.0, had mixed results - ie, not everyone was happy and some lost their Windows XP partition if they did the upgrade in place.)

    Oh, and Paragon PM10 also thinks you might need to know what to do about free space ahead of time. Must be how Windows cloning is done. Acronis TI didn't work in the past, due to the GPT, but would be nice to see and know how / if it works on Macs. (Diskeeper is beta testing an OS X utility, too.)
    Mac Pro 8800GT WD Blk Caviar 640s, Mac OS X (10.5.7), Windows 7 eVGA X58 Core i7 920 9800GTX APC RS1500

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