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Clonetool Hatchery is a simple disk imaging, system backup and restore utility for Intel Macs, PowerPC, and Hackintoshes (Home Brew Macs).

What's New

Version 1.1.7:
  • [Fix] Clonetool now works with 64 bit PowerPC.
  • [Fix] Some of Clonetool's code has been redone.
  • [Change] The checkbox options are now stored.
  • [Change] The interface has been redone/resized.
  • [Change] All the windows are textured now.


  • Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later, 10.5.1 recommended.
  • 2nd Hard drive for the Backup with 1 or 2 partitions.
  • Hackintosh Users require OSx86_pframe, available separately.
  • OSx86_pframe does not currently work on 10.5.

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Krysia Member IconComment+19

Ran into a snag with apparently a Microsoft file (figures) that wouldn't allow for a proper clone. Therefore, unable to create a bootable clone. Posted on the developer's message board for assistance, and was informed of the following:

"There are plently of other Cloning softwares for PowerPC. I suggest you try one of those and see if it does the same thing.

A would suggest using CCC which should be able to do a blog level copy of your system instead a file level copy that Hatchery uses.

We have not updated this software in almost 2 years. This is not our focus right now."

This was after the original reply in my inbox:
"We are no longer apart of the Hackintosh project.

Get a Mac."

I have a Mac. I've had *only* Macs since 1984. I didn't even know what a Hackintosh was until I read about this software. I was trying to follow good message boarding etiquette by not starting a new thread on the unbootable subject. i hoped to make a bootable clone of this Mac on an external hard drive as my current internal hard drive has only 80 GBs.

I will check MacUpdate for CCC.
Thanks for your time.

So I'll be removing Clonetool Hatchery from my computer as I don't like to keep unsupported applications on my limited hard drive.

Good luck to those who intend to keep using this product.

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Version 1.1.7
Nicemac.com (Developer) Member IconDev+1
Nicemac.com (Developer)

Wow, how many times do I have to say it. Clonetool is not compatible with Leopard Hacks yet!

It's even written on the MacUpdate page! The drives are probably grayed out because they are not the right type. like GUID, etc.

Again, Clonetool is not compatible with leopard yet!

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Version 1.1.7
zurie Member IconComment+0

I have Clonetool Hatchery 1.1.7

I have 1 hard drive that is SATA 250 gig on channel 1. I have a IDE drive as well but I unhooked it to just be 100% sure it wasn't conflicting with the program.

a) problem 1 - i can't select ANYTHING in the dropdowns.. i basically have to just go with what it accepts..

if i have 5 partitions or 5 drives or whatever, the dropdowns are greyed out!!! :( bummer! so that makes the app useless unless your drives are magically on the source and clone side.. or if you have 2 drives..
so why even have a dropdown if it doesn't work, otherwise are you aware it is greyed out? is that a bug?
kalyway 10.5.2 - nforcekernel
FP-IN9 fatality motherboard
intelcore2 duo

ok -

problem B) I magically got DriveA to showup in my source and DriveB to showup in my clone - so it starts up with them, even though they are greyed out and I can't change them... luckily I want it like A and B so it works - sorta.

when I click create disk image.. the program freezes about 10% into the process.... I have 1 SATA 120 gig drive partitioned into 2 equal parts of 60 gigs each.

part 1 tries to copy to part2 and I get a freeze after 10% etc...

when I cold reboot - the only way to get out of the freeze since the mouse and keyboard are 100%lockedup... I notice that only 20 or 30 megs are copied over and it basically hangs / crashes somewhere in the applications...

why? is there a way I can open console or terminal or something that can help you?? unfortunetally i can't copy and paste or etc since the machine hard freezes... can i start a log in terminal with tail? etc

Have you tried to clone 1 SATA split in half from part A to part B?

my sata is HFS+ Journaled both partitions. I even tried to erase partition B as well as repair permissions, etc, etc.. do I have to boot off a CD or some random drive to do this??? please help me!

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Version 1.1.7
goodtime Member IconComment+0

AOMT, you are doing a wonderful job on this product. Keep up the great work.


gt :)

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Version 1.1.7
foxbox Member IconReview+2

Yeas!!! Fast,easy and very professional over all clone tools!For all Mac platform with booting options.And free...

Many,many thanks nicemac!

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Version 1.1.4

Thanks! I handed this over to the right person. Good job AOMT!!

And One More Thing, Keep up the great work.

gt :-)

Phaleron Member IconComment+97

Absolutely marvelous! Looking forward to giving it a second look.

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Version 1.1.2
Nicemac.com (Developer)

Thank you! I hope you like the help files :D

Phaleron Member IconComment+97

Here is a problem that is occurring more and more:

Developers are creating software that are potentially very useful and dump them on the web without any instructions whatsoever. Clonetool Hatcher is a case in point. No instructions, no hover descriptions of buttons, not even a crystal ball. Where does one go after launching the application? Does the "Clone HD" pertain to the original system that should be cloned, or the clone produced from the original system?

I will refrain from rating this software because I suspect it works well, but, I hope to see a little more effort from the developer in making this product more useful to people like myself who are not so well-versed in geek lingo like Prebinding, Hatch, etc.

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Version 1.1.1
monkeypower (Developer)

Thank you for the constructive criticism. I will add tooltips and maybe a guide if you would like me to.

We have never had a complaint about this before, but now i see the flaws

if you have other questions, feel free to message me

monkeypower (Developer)

There are now added help files :D

ingvo@ingvo.com-jedy Member IconComment+1

question: is it correct that hatchery changes the creation date of every file while making the clone? after cloning all my files had the same creation date as the modification date. with finder copies, my creation dates stay correct. what should i do? thanks

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Version 1.1.1
monkeypower (Developer)

Well, it is not possible to copy a file to another location, and have creation date as the same date on the original file. Clonetool uses unix commands to clone, so it is not really Clonetool itsself, but the commands.

I hope this helped you

blix3 Member IconReview+1

This is an exceptional piece of software. After many hours of frustration and countless failed attempts to create a bootable backup of my hackintosh disk, I stumbled across a reference to Clonetool Hatchery somewhere online and made note of it. Odd name. Didn't sound promising. Backing up my Macbook and iMac is easy, with Superduper. But my homemade hackintosh is another animal. Superduper wasn't super enough to tame it.

Booting my backups just produced blank screens and blinking cursors before Clonetool. Well, there was an HFS+ partition error that I considered progress. All the data was there, I could see it from my other Macs, but the backups just wouldn't boot. Others posted reports of the same frustrations and brought forth various and sundry fixes--this or that partition scheme was the answer, or delving into Darwin to tinker with the MBR was the trick, etc., etc. Nothing worked.

Then I found that note about Clonetool Hatchery and downloaded it, along with another program required for hackintosh backups, OSx86_pframe. I installed them, and clicked my mouse on one button to make a backup. One button. And the backup booted.

It was that simple. It just worked. How Mac-like. And it's free. How unMac-like.

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Version 1.0.9
goodtime (Developer)

Thank you for the kind words. Just an FYI, OSx86 pframe only works with Tiger. Do not attempt to use it with Leopard.

If you need to clone a Leopard disk from a Hackintosh system, you can clone it from Tiger. There is presently the only workaround at this time.

I handed to torch off the AllOutMacsToday and he will be continuing the progress on Hatchery.


Former Hatchery Developer

Clonetool Member IconComment+0

Why did you post a negative comment and tell users to pass this one up when you signed up for a nicemac.com account yourself? Looks like that you any many others interested in Hatchery.

Since I am the developer of this software, I can choose to distribute it how I like. No we are not kids or amateurs as your comment suggests. We are just a little creative at your marketing.

We do not handcuff you do Nicemac. Anyone can just sign up get the password. They are not forced to post or participate. They don't even have to wait for validation and pay a dime.

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Version 1.0.9
Clonetool (Developer)

Password limitation has been removed.

The software portion of nicemac is moving to a new company called "soft.nicemac.com."

This new agreement will allow anyone to use Clonetool Hatchery for free and equally available to members or non-members.



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Downloads 23,270
Version Downloads 13,476
Type Utilities / Backup
License Free
Date 09 Feb 2008
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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