Is there a way to schedule an automatic WinClone run on my Bootcamp partition?

by Brian Scott   Last Updated May 26, 2018 10:01 AM

I've currently got time machine setup to back up my entire OS X installation. I also have a backup tool within my Bootcamp Windows 7 installation which automatically backs up my windows profile data to an external drive partition. Finally, I'm also backing up my Bootcamp partition weekly and storing on an external drive using WinClone.

The final piece I need to complete my external backup process is to have the WinClone application backup my Bootcamp partition automatically once a week rather than having to call it manually and remember. Is this possible?



Answers 2


Does WinClone have a command-line mode, or does it require the use of a GUI? If it can be called from the command line, then launchd is what you're looking for. Make a copy of /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.periodic-weekly.plist and modify it to call WinClone.

If WinClone requires use of the GUI, it's a lot harder - though not impossible - to automate. If it's AppleScript-able, use that, otherwise you may be better looking at another application. IIRC, WinClone mainly makes a disk image of your Windows disk - you may be able to get similar functionality from a purely command-line program, such as hdiutil or dd.

Scott
Scott
August 24, 2010 13:38 PM

As of the latest version, (Winclone 5 at the time of this writing), this is possible using the winclone_helper_tool command line application.

See https://twocanoes.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/202370406-Running-Winclone-from-the-Command-Line for more details.

lfalin
lfalin
June 04, 2015 22:37 PM

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