Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1


    Member Since
    Jan 08, 2011
    Posts
    4
    Cloning Bootable Windows HDD
    Howdy,

    I have a laptop hard drive that has Windows XP installed on it and I would like to clone that and make it a bootable drive that I can virtualize with Parallels in a Mac environment.

    Is this possible? If so, how do I go about doing it?

    I tried pulling the drive out and making a .CDR with DiskUtility but that didn't work.

    Halp!

    Thanks!

    Z

  2. #2

    Buzzard2010's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2010
    Location
    Bretforton, Worcestershire
    Posts
    2,571
    Specs:
    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    Welcome to Mac-Forums jinxdroid
    You could try making a bootable external hdd or thumb drive from it.
    Google Windows XP bootable thumb drive/ external HDD there are plenty of discussions and tutorials about it.
    Hope this helps

    - Simon

    If you have been helped, don't forget to use the Reputation system at the top right of their post.
    May 2011
    Nominated: March 2011 & April 2011

  3. #3


    Member Since
    Jan 08, 2011
    Posts
    4
    The problem is that this is a work laptop and I don't have admin access to install anything. Oem HP.

    I DD'd the drive last night to make a .dmg but Mac can't mount it because or doesn't recognize the NTFS file system.

    Parallels can't do anything with it either.

    What if I create a win xp virtual pc and install my own legit copy of XP and then see If I can get Parallels to restore using that cloned disk?

    Thanks

    Z

  4. #4

    Buzzard2010's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 22, 2010
    Location
    Bretforton, Worcestershire
    Posts
    2,571
    Specs:
    MacBook Pro 15" 2014, 2.2GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 250GB SSD, OSX 10.9.5 - iPhone 5s 16gb
    That should work theoretically although I personally have never tried it.
    Have a go and let us know the results of it.

    - Simon

    If you have been helped, don't forget to use the Reputation system at the top right of their post.
    May 2011
    Nominated: March 2011 & April 2011

  5. #5


    Member Since
    Jan 08, 2011
    Posts
    4
    Will do! I'm also going to see if Google MacFUSE will work. It's supposed to add NTFS and other filesystem handlers to OSX. Will report back both ways.

    Danke.

  6. #6


    Member Since
    Jan 02, 2011
    Location
    Hartlepool, UK.
    Posts
    18
    I can think of a few ways of doing it...

    Since parallels can access a .vhd image (so I've read), if you have access to a windows 7 machine:

    1. Attach your laptop drive to the windows 7 machine (USB caddy etc.)
    2. In Win7 Disk Management, create an empty .vhd
    3. Clone the XP drive to the empty .vhd file (using something like ghost32.exe) then unmount it.
    4. Copy the .vhd file to your mac and boot it under parallels.

    You may need to play with the IDE/SATA drivers to get it to boot (google idefix registry fix)- I'm about to go through the same thing, transfering my old Win7 laptop to a virtual image.

    Mike

  7. #7


    Member Since
    Jan 08, 2011
    Posts
    4
    Thanks Mike,

    I'm going to try that now. I tricked MS into giving me a trial copy of Win 7 Enterprise edition :-P

    Fools! I just need to use it for an hour to copy this drive. MUHAUHAUHA

    Will report back

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Cloning HDD
    By Wideshut in forum Apple Notebooks
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-28-2014, 01:17 PM
  2. HDD cloning
    By thurstmw in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 06-02-2012, 11:50 AM
  3. Cloning a MAC HDD Help
    By MACn0ob in forum Other Hardware and Peripherals
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-25-2010, 04:51 PM
  4. Replies: 6
    Last Post: 11-01-2009, 07:03 PM
  5. Cloning my HDD
    By PinkLemonade in forum OS X - Operating System
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 06-03-2008, 01:14 AM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •