Group test: Disk cloning tools

Man­ag­ing a net­work of com­put­ers can be an in­volved process, so here are the best tools to help you im­age and roll out mul­ti­ple machines with ease

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How well do Clonezilla, FOG Project, G4L and Redo Backup & Re­cov­ery per­form when it comes to imag­ing and rolling out mul­ti­ple machines at once?


One of the old­est open source disk imag­ing and cloning tools, Clonezilla is avail­able in mul­ti­ple ver­sions. It sup­ports a wide va­ri­ety of file sys­tems, in­clud­ing many of the pop­u­lar file sys­tems for Linux, Win­dows and macOS. It’s writ­ten pri­mar­ily in Perl, and is re­leased un­der GPL v2.

FOG project

FOG is an­other pop­u­lar tool for imag­ing disks, but un­like the other op­tions here it uses a PHPbased web in­ter­face that you can ac­cess from any com­puter on the net­work. Be­sides cloning disks, you can also use FOG to man­age in­stal­la­tions and pe­riph­er­als on the net­work. https://fog­pro­


G4L – Ghost4Linux – does im­age and clone disks, but isn’t a di­rect re­place­ment for Sy­man­tec Ghost, not does it only work with Linux. Like most of the other op­tions here, G4L is avail­able as a bootable Live CD and of­fers var­i­ous op­tions to im­age sev­eral types of file sys­tems.

Redo Backup

Redo Backup & Re­cov­ery is one of the eas­i­est to use bare-metal cloning and re­cov­ery tools. The small bootable Live distri­bu­tion works across Linux and Win­dows file sys­tems, and al­though it hasn’t been up­dated in quite some time, it works flaw­lessly with­out un­ex­pected er­rors. http://re­

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