Clonezilla

A fea­ture-rich tool that scales well in terms of reach and ap­pli­ca­tion

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usability

Clonezilla is one of the most rec­om­mended tools on Linux fo­rums for imag­ing an old disk to a big­ger, new disk thanks to its ncurs­es­based front-end, which is in­tu­itive to nav­i­gate. The menus of­fers sen­si­ble de­faults so you’ll find your­self press­ing ahead with the rec­om­mended op­tions most of the time. Just make sure that the par­ti­tion to be cloned isn’t mounted.

Mal­leabil­ity

When cloning, you’re shown a list of disks or par­ti­tions, de­pend­ing on whether you want to clone com­plete disks or in­di­vid­ual par­ti­tions. You also get op­tions to com­press the cloned images us­ing ei­ther the gzip, bzip2 or lzo com­pres­sion al­go­rithms. You can keep them in a lo­cally at­tached de­vice, such as a USB disk at­tached to the com­puter, or on an­other com­puter via the net­work.

Net­work use

In ad­di­tion to cloning sin­gle machines, you can also use Clonezilla for mul­ti­cast cloning via two avail­able op­tions. Clonezilla Server Edi­tion re­quires set­ting up a Disk­less Re­mote Boot in Linux (DRBL) server to broad­cast images across the net­work. On a smaller net­work, you can use the Clonezilla Lite Server mode on the bootable CD to set up a tem­po­rary server.

Restora­tion

Restor­ing in­di­vid­ual par­ti­tions or com­plete disks from a clone isn’t a com­pli­cated process. You do have to en­sure that the des­ti­na­tion par­ti­tion is equal to or larger than the source, as it can’t re­store an im­age to smaller disks.

Over­all

An oft-rec­om­mended tool for bare-metal cloning that works as ad­ver­tised. It’s well doc­u­mented and can be used to ef­fort­lessly clone sin­gle or mul­ti­ple com­put­ers with rel­a­tive ease.

8

Clonezilla can also clone par­ti­tions and disks on the fly, but we’d ad­vise you to cre­ate and clone from images for safety

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