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January 4, 2016
Tutorial: Using the Free Clonezilla Hard Disk Utility
January 4, 2016
You've seen commercial products like Acronis True Image and Norton Ghost for copying disks quickly and easily, but you may not have ever heard of the best software in the world to duplicate entire disks - even disks with multiple partitions - at a logical level: Clonezilla!Clonezilla is available at http://clonezilla.org/. It's a Linux live CD that's Free and Open Source software you can download quickly. Use it for disk to disk clones, make an image of a disk on a hard drive for imaging other disks or save a complete snapshot of your file system.Clonezilla does not make a physical level forensic copy of a disk! For that, you need DD, other utility or my favorite, Guymager. You can read about Making a Forensic Disk Image Using Guymager HERE, but today we're not talking about forensics. We're talking about basic bread and butter tech support.Just recently, I had a client with a Windows PC that had a popup error saying "Windows detected a hard disk problem" and offered to begin a backup. I was able to get a new hard drive, connect it and the original drive, and use Clonezilla to duplicate the drive before there were any unrecoverable errors. This fixed the problem very quickly, without having to re-install anything.In the tutorial below, I'll be cloning a 500GB notebook drive to a new SSD to make it run quicker, cooler and with less power usage.Clonezilla is also versatile. It can do disk-to-disk clones and disk-to-image clones for any of these scenarios:
- Disk to same capacity or larger disk (the simplest scenario and what I'm doing here)
- Disk to larger capacity disk, expanding partition size (great when you have a disk that's running out of space and just need a larger disk)
- Disk to image file on a USB Hard Drive or other storage system