Winclone Makes Cloning a Boot Camp Partition Super Easy and Free!

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I never had the need to clone a Boot Camp partition — until yesterday (when I did a hard drive replacement and clone). There were several suggestions for cloning the Boot Camp partition around the interwebs, talking about complicated (well, time consuming) techniques using XP programs, re-creating disk images via boot camp, and re-installing XP and manually dragging/dropping files back. Uhg!

Twocanoes decided to make this super simple, offering a terrific free (donationware) application called Winclone. Very minimal interface with just one purpose, cloning Boot Camp; both NTFS and FAT partitions.

There are two views: Image and Restore.

Image is the view where you select the Boot Camp partition on your local computer and convert it into a Winclone image file. I saved it to the new drive which was connected to the computer via USB enclosure.

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Restore is the view where you select the image you just created and restore it to your new Boot Camp partition. I just selected the image, selected the new Boot Camp partition (connected via USB), and clicked the restore button.

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Then just replace your hard drive and you’re ready to go! Thanks Winclone!!

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