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The Boot Camp Boot Process

People view Winclone as a cloning and backup/restore utility, but one key function that Winclone does is make sure Windows boots on your Mac.  This may sound straight forward, but it gets complicated pretty quickly depending on the version of Windows and the Mac hardware. Windows can boot two different ways: EFI and what I…

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Windows 10 Creators Update and the Future of Windows

Windows is going through a pretty major shift.  Using the same computer at work and at home drove Windows adoption over the past 2 decades.  Microsoft dominated the office computer and drove adoption when people went to look for a home computer.  Mobile fundamentally changed this landscape, introducing the  “bring your own device” to workplace,…

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Apple warns about compatibility with Windows 10 Creators Update with Boot Camp

Last month Apple released a support article about installing Windows 10 Creators Update on a Mac: First-time installations of Windows 10 Creators Update are not currently compatible with Boot Camp Assistant on macOS. Apple and Microsoft are working to resolve this issue. In the meantime, users wishing to use Windows 10 Creators Update on a Mac can…

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Winclone 6 and WIM (Windows Imaging Format)

  Last month we released Winclone 6 and customers have been using it to migrate and clone Boot Camp partitions on the whole range of Macs that support Boot Camp (including USB-C Macs).  Winclone 6 sports a fancy new look, but the big changes are under the hood.  One of the goals for Winclone 6 was…

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Using Beacons For Home Automation with Indigo

Geohopper has two very useful features: it can easily set up and detect micro-location zones using bluetooth beacons, and it can call webhooks to connect with other services.  In this post I will look at how these two features come together to connect with a home automation app called Indigo. Indigo is an app that…

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Top Features of Winclone 6

We have been working on Winclone 6 for a while now, and have packed it with some great features that make it really easy to backup, clone, migrate and restore your Boot Camp partition.  I wanted to do a blog post and highlight some of the features that I think are really interesting. Top Feature…

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Mass Deployment of Windows with Winclone 6

Winclone 6 adds some great new features to deploying a Boot Camp partition to a bunch of Macs and wanted to talk a bit about what has changed and some best practices. First, Winclone 6 has moved from a block-based image based on NTFSProgs to one that is file-based based on WIMLib.  Winclone 6 still…

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Read Windows Registry / BCD files in macOS

One of the surprisingly challenging tasks when working with Bootcamp partition is finding a consistent way to find the version of Windows that has been installed.  Applications running in Windows can look up this value in the registry, but apps running in macOS don’t have that ability.  However, I recently have been using the hivex…

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Detect Counterfeit SD Cards with SD Clone 3

Counterfeit SD Cards are a widespread issue (see this article from EE Times,) and can be very hard to detect right away. The counterfeiters depend on it taking a while for you to figure out the cards have issues, and by that time, they have closed up shop and moved on. The only comprehensive way…

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Restore an SD Card image to an MacOS disk image with SD Clone 3

If you created an image of an SD Card with SD Clone 3, or downloaded an image from the internet (like the Raspbian OS), and want to see the contents of it, you can easily do this with the Restore to Disk Image feature in SD Clone 3. Here’s how: Step 1:Select source and destination…

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Clone SD Card from a larger size SD Card to a smaller size SD Card

If you do any work with the Raspberry Pi or other Linux based system that uses SD Cards as the primary storage device, you’ll run across a issue that can be time consuming and troublesome. When you purchase SD Cards, they are advertised as X number of GB’s. However, two cards that have the exact…

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SD Clone 3

SD Clone 3 has some awesome new features and I wanted give an overview of what it can do and some background on how those features came to be. New Feature 1: Image Central One of the common issues when someone gets a new Raspberry Pi is “What do I do with it now?” Image…

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Winclone 6 Beta!

Last month I wrote about issues with block sizes and migrating Boot Camp partitions and said this: There is currently no way to update the MFT record size without reformatting, but I will continue to investigate and will update as I know more. In the meantime, you can always boot Windows in Boot Camp with…

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USB-C MacBook / MacBook Pro Physical Block Size Change

The new MacBooks and MacBook Pros have garnered a bunch of discussions online, mainly around the new Touch Bar and the USB-C only inputs. There was an additional change as well: The hardware block size is now 4096 bytes versus 512 bytes. While this is pretty esoteric, it does represent a pretty big switch for…

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Creating 8 SD Cards at Once with SD Clone

I was creating a Raspberry Pi project and needed to make a bunch of SD cards to install in over 30 Raspberry Pi’s. I had been using the command line tool “dd” to make an image of our SD card, and would then restore it to a new SD card. That worked fine, except that…

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Penn State MacAdmins 2015 Conference

We had a great time attending this year’s Penn State MacAdmins conference in College Park, Pennsylvania. Our team had the opportunity to talk about our Winclone and Boot Runner software for managing dual-boot labs, as well as iBeacon technology. Fun at the Booth We had the opportunity to meet new people have a lot of…

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Getting Started With proximityd

Manage your Macs using iBeacons! Run a command, install a package, enforce a policy just by having the Mac in range of a beacon. Just install the package and you can change any setting, install any package, apply any policy based on proximity to any iBeacon. Proximityd is a daemon that runs on OS X….

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