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Hey guys,

A friend of mine has MacBook that got damaged, and she would like to make a clone of the drive until the Mac gets repaired. How do I go about making a bootable clone of the hard drive on Windows, as she wants to migrate to a larger hard drive?

No other Macs are available at this time, so we are stuck with windows for the meantime.

Any help would be highly appreciated.

Thanks
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Hackintosh, needs Intel CPU.

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Give Easeus todo backup a try,

http://www.todo-backup.com/download/
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Ok thanks guys i will look into those options
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If she wants a larger drive, just wait until she gets the larger drive, plug the old drive into the computer with a USB-SATA adapter, install OS X on the new drive, then when it first boots up it will ask you if you want to migrate data from an old drive or a backup, select the option from an old drive, then you're good to go! No need for any extra software or anything.
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There are many programs that will allow you to read and write to the Macintosh filesystem, HFS+. If you were to attach the disk to a Windows system, and go to disk management, the disk would show up but with an "unknown" partition type. Be careful when looking at disk management at this point, because Windows likes to pop up a notification that you should format that "unknown" partition. Exit that dialogue, because you don't want to accidentally partition the drive.

To read and write to my friend's external HFS+ hard drive under Windows, I used the 5 day trial version of MacDrive. This is definitely the most professional HFS+ software for Windows, and it works great. Alternatives that I have not tried include Paragon HFS and TransMac.

Before attempting to clone the drive, I would use one of the utilities above to copy critical files to some third disk (not the disk you will be cloning to). So in case the cloning is somehow destructive, at least critical files have been recovered. I assume this would take less than 5 days, so I highly recommend MacDrive for this purpose.

Next, what you really want to do is make a byte-for-byte copy of the entire disk. This will include the boot sector and the partition table. The boot sector and partition table are normally non-readable by user-level software such as MacDrive, this is why it is so important to do the type of full drive image that you want to do.

A program that I use for this under Windows is Paragon Backup and Recovery Free Edition. When I want to freeze the state of a disk. I do a "full disk" clone which includes the boot sector and partition table. This should work for you, because doing a disk clone does not require actually reading the file-system. In other words, you should be able to a full disc clone of the Mac disk under windows because software only needs to read the bytes off the disk and not necessarily make sense of the files. So you can try a disk-to-disk image using Paragon BR.

If that doesn't work, what I would do is boot into a linux live cd and use the 'dd' command, which was created just for this purpose of copying raw data. However, I'm not going to suggest that you do that, as dd has received the nickname "disk destroyer", because if just one character is incorrect in the command, it has no mercy for your data.

That's why there's Clonezilla, which does all the hard work for you. You can burn the image of Clonezilla to a CD using ImgBurn (recommended), or put the files on a USB drive (be careful not to overwrite your Windows boot sector if you go this route). Once you've booted into Clonezilla, it has a fairly straightforward sequence of menus that will allow you to clone any disk to any other disk of equal or larger size.

If you're feeling confident, you could go for Clonezilla right off the bat, just make sure you have the second disk ready to go. In fact, while using Clonezilla you should unplug your Windows hard drive. Also, make sure that you do not image the blank destination disk onto the Mac disk.
Edited by magnetik - 6/26/11 at 11:25am
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