Tim (I assume) –
Hope all is well and that you and yours are all safe and healthy.
I’m using a 2018 MacBook Pro, and it’s 500G internal SSD has a 100G Bootcamp partition with Windows10 happily running when needed.
I’d like to reclaim that 100G on the MacBook, and I’ve got a portable case with a 1T Samsung PRO850 drive that’s not being used very often. The drive has previously been used as a spare/transfer drive, and it originally had a 800G APFS volume and a 200G Bootcamp NTFS partition with my older Windows 7 system on it.
I upgraded to WinClone8 a couple of days ago with the intent to create a clone of my internal Win10 partition on the portable SSD. When I attempted to create the portable clone I received the “dissimilar block size” warning, and I’ve been trying to “save the Win10 image and restore it” as WinClone8 instructed me to do.
All seems to go well, but the Win10 clone appears to go halfway through booting before it crashes and restarts the MacOS (Mojave) native to the MacBook. I’ve tried repeating the entire process (including deleting/restoring the Bootcamp partition on the portable drive) with no success.
I originally had wanted to preserve the existing Mac partition on the portable drive, but I’ve now decided that it’s contents are no longer needed so I can do anything to the portable drive I need to in order to get the process to work. My end goal is to have a 200G Win10 Bootcamp partition on the portable, with the remaining 800G used for Mac. I’ve watched the YouTube vids for WinClone8, but I’m still unable to make it work.
FWIW, I’ve noticed that the process of restoring the WinClone8 image to the portable Bootcamp partition changes the name I gave the drive partition (it subsequently shows up on the desktop and in Disk Utility as BOOTCAMP, and shows up during the “hold option” MacBook boot process as “EFI BOOT”) and converts the partition from ExFAT to NTFS.
I’d appreciate any help/insight you can provide.