6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 4, 2014 2:10 PM by Kurt Lang
Brumey Level 1 (0 points)


I am looking for a robust drive imaging solution. Like Acronis for Windows, I want to be able to take an image of my system and restore it to any drive as needed. My requirements include imaging the Windows partition in Boot Camp. I don't know if one solution exists or if I need two tools.


Also, I have used the free copy of SuperDuper, loved it. My question is, can the Drive tools in OS X do the same thing (image my Mac disk for quick restore of OS/Apps and data in the event of a hard crash?





MBP 2.8ghz i7, 17" Hi-Res/AG, Mac OS X (10.6.7), SSD + 750gb WD Scorpio Black - 10 second boot
  • baltwo Level 9 (62,215 points)

    AFAIK, nothing allows Mac and windoze imaging. SuperDuper! and Carbon Copy Cloner are your best bets, IMO. BTW, bootable backups/clones are superior to images.

  • Brumey Level 1 (0 points)

    I can't beleive there is no Windows boot camp imaging/clone tool available. Anyone?

  • dwb Level 7 (22,600 points)

    WinClone will image the BootCamp partition but there's nothing that will image the entire drive at once. I agree with baltwo that a bootable clone performed with SuperDuper! is the way to go - along with TimeMachine. If one application/file/folder gets fouled up TM is a fast way to restore. If the entire drive goes south the bootable clone is a fast way to get back to work immediately, not a couple hours later after the image has been restored to the new drive.

  • The hatter Level 9 (60,930 points)

    Gets asked - and answered to some extent more so than you got here - over on Boot Camp forums.


    Trouble is support for EFI and GPT using a number of Windows products is limited or non-existent.

    WinClone was always one way but iffy.


    With OS X there are a number of good tools to image/clone or backup and restore.

    CCC, SuperDuper, and half a dozen others.


    To clone Windows partition to another drive, your best bet is probably Paragon Software that has 3-4 tools, suites and programs. I use Clone OS to SSD to move Windows to a new drive.


    Have not used CopyCatX or Clonzilla but they are reported to do mixed full drive clone of both OS X and Windows.


    Boot Camp




    The one I use (on PCs and Mac Pro)

    Paragon Hard Disk Manager 2011 Suite

  • JaydenThor Level 1 (0 points)

    Best software ever is Deploy Studio. If you get it configured right, it will do what you need it to do.






  • Kurt Lang Level 8 (36,645 points)

    WinClone is the best Mac tool I've found for Windows partitions. Backs up and restores them while booted into OS X.


    I tried CopyCat X, but despite how their site reads, the only way it creates a Windows disk image is to copy every single sector of the drive, whether there's data on it or not. So a 500 GB partition creates a 500 GB image, even if there's only 45 GB of live data.