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
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. https://clonezilla.org
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://fogproject.org
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. http://bit.ly/lud_g4l
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://redobackup.org