CloneZilla – Open Source System Ghost Utility

If you have played the part of a System Admin in your own home or for a friend, you might have a disk imaging software in your arsenal.

Traditionally, it involved using proprietary software like Norton Ghost, Symatc Ghost, etc to ‘ghost’ your machine.

Clonezilla is an open source clone system solution (OCS). Clonezilla is DRBL, Partition Image, ntfsclone, partclone, and udpcast, allows you to do bare metal backup and recovery.

Clonezilla Features

  • Clonezilla is available as Live and SE (server edition).
  • Live supports single install and SE supports massive deployments
  • Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the harddisk
  • Supports a host of file systems – FAT, NTFS of Windows, HFS+ fopr Mac OS, and ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs, xfs, jfs of GNU/Linux
  • For unsupported filesystems, Clonezilla performs a sector to sector dd copy

How to Use CloneZilla Live?

Just download the Clonezilla ISO file and burn it as a bootable CD/DVD. Then boot the machine you want to clone with this CD/DVD.

Download Clonezilla Live ISO

Check out these step-by-step instructions to see how to create and restore an image.

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You can also use Clonezilla from a USB flash drive or a usb hard drive. You can also install it on a hard drive with a OS installed already.

Even if you aren’t a system admin, you’d hate to see that your hard drive failed. Even if you had a backup of your important data, it’s a pain to get to install and configure all your software like you want.

Go ahead and image your hard disk right away with Clonezilla and be prepared for those unpredictable moments!

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2 Responses to “CloneZilla – Open Source System Ghost Utility”

  1. convert from fat to ntfs December 30, 2011 at 5:32 am #

    Even if you had a backup of your important data, it is a pain to get to install and configure all your software like you want.

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