I’m running Winclone 7 on a 2018 MacBook Pro 15. I installed Bootcamp with no additional software and it boots fine. I’m trying to migrate Bootcamp to an external drive and can’t get the external drive to boot. I’ve tried making an image and then restoring to the external drive (single NTFS partition) as well as a volume-to-volume clone.
In each case, the clone / restore succeeds with no errors. From the Mac side, I can see the Window partition on the external drive and all the files seem to be there. However, when I try to boot using the Mac boot manager, I can only see an “EFI BOOT” partition on the external drive (which doesn’t boot). No Windows partition on the external drive shows up as an available option. The original BOOTCAMP and MAC partitions both show up and work fine.
Any suggestions as to what I should try next? Thanks
These were off. The odd thing is that I can get it to work if I don’t use Winclone and just manually install Windows (eg, using WintoGo) onto a hard drive, and then manually install the Bootcamp drivers. Therefore, I don’t think there are any settings that prevent an external boot.
It’s just the Winclone copy or image that doesn’t seem to boot (either restoring to image or direct copy).
So it’s just that the turnkey approach I was hoping for with Winclone doesn’t seem to work
Sorry… I may be missing something (likely) but I didn’t see any reference to a registry entry in the post you referenced. I’ve actually been following that post, too. It talks about using sysprep and other things to try to get the external drive to boot but I didn’t see anything about a registry key.
Thanks for your response. I edited the registry setting as per the video and it helped in that my drive now boots. However, after booting, I get the blue Windows 10 spinning wheel and the screen is dark. It never gets past this black screen. I tried using the tools in Winclone to make EFI bootable but that didn’t seem to make any difference.
Yes, I still have the drive. So I connected the external drive to my old MacBook and it’s the same result.
It boots to the Windows login (better than before) and then the screen goes black with the spinning Windows blue circle visible if I move the mouse. It stays here forever (for at least 8 hours when I left it overnight once).
The odd thing is that I recall with an old version a while back, it was pretty easy to migrate to an external drive. I just did with no extra configuration and it was okay.
Are you able to get it to work on a 2018 MacBook Pro 15 (eg, migrate boot camp to external drive)?
I did a bunch of testing on Friday, and regardless of whether the internal drive had a partition or not, it worked fine migrating to a external drive. I did have some driver issues, which I then either ran sysprep from a VM or injected drivers.
Yes, I did a normal volume to volume copy on a MacMini. The 2018 MacBook Pro had a different block size, so I did a “create image, then restore to external drive” approach. When I booted from the 2018 to external, it had the “inaccessible device” error. That was confusing since I had already injected the drivers to get it to work on the internal drive, so I opened up VMWare Fusion, selected the option to boot directly from a partition, and when it booted up, I ran sysprep (with generalize and shutdown). When the VM powered down after sysprep finished, I booted directly to the external drive, and it booted up fine (though I had to go through setup and give a different username). After it started up, I logged out and logged in as the original user and verified everything was there.
I think the issue on the 2018 MacBook Pro was the interface changed and Windows was not so happy. Sysprep resolved that issue.