Use Clonezilla To Make Full Linux Disk Image Backup And Restore

Clonezilla is a common tool for cloning hard disks or partitions. It can easily clone the entire hard disk or clone the specified partition.

Clonezila’s English website address:
The official details of Clonezila:

Full Linux Disk Image Backup And Restore

Making A Clonezilla USB Boot Disk

System Requirement

  • Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, or GNU/Linux.
  • Internet access for downloading a distribution to install, or a pre-downloaded ISO file.
  • An USB drive with a FAT or NTFS partition. If you are making this bootable USB flash drive on GNU/Linux, more file systems, including ext[2-4],btrfs,xfs,ufs,ffs can be used for the USB flash drive.

Making A Boot USB Flash Drive On Windows

Method 1: Use Tuxboot To Make A Boot USB Flash Drive

  1. Download Tuxboot software and double-click to open the exe file.

  2. The production of the boot disk is divided into online and offline modes:

  3. Select the location of the USB flash drive and click OK to start making

Method 2: Manually Create A Boot USB Flash Drive

Warning! Do not run makeboot.bat from your local hard drive!
Doing so may cause your operating system to fail to boot!
  1. [Download] ( Clonezilla Live zip file.
  2. If you are using a USB flash drive formatted with a FAT or NTFS file system and you already have a partition of at least 200 MB, skip to the next step (3).
    Otherwise, create at least one 200 MB partition on the USB flash drive and format it with the FAT16 / FAT32 or NTFS file system.
  3. Extract all the contents of the zip file to a FAT16 / FAT32 or NTFS partition on a USB flash drive. Keep the directory structure, for example, the file “GPL” should be in the top-level directory of the USB flash drive (eg G:\ GPL).
  4. Right-click makeboot.bat in dir utils\win32\ (for 32-bit Windows) or makeboot64.bat in dir utils\win64\ (for 64-bit Windows), select as administrator.
    warning! You must run Makeboot.bat from a USB flash drive.
  5. Follow the instructions on the screen.

Method 3: Create A Usb Disk Using Rufus

  1. If Rufus is already installed on your computer, skip to the next step (2).
    Otherwise, download and install Rufus on your MS Windows computer.
  2. [Download] ( Clonezilla Live iso file.
  3. In MS Windows, run the Rufus program and follow the instructions in the GUI to install Clonezilla Live on your USB flash drive.

Clonezilla Clone Hard Disk (Partition) Process

  1. Restart the computer, enter the BIOS, and set up the USB flash drive from the Regeneration Dragon.
    Clonezilla(Regeneration Dragon)
  2. The first one is the default mode of Clonezilla Live. It will default to framebuffer mode with a resolution of 800×600.
    You can choose more modes in the second option “Other modes of Clonezilla live”. For example, if you want, you can use 1024X768 or 640×480. Here we select the fourth item – “To RAM, Boot media can be removed later”. :

Because in the default mode, Clonezilla does not load its own Usb disk as a backup disk, so it will require an extra USB disk as a backup disk (plus the Clonezilla boot disk, ** requires a total of two! **); and we choose to load Clonezilla into memory, Clonezilla will automatically recognize and load its own U disk, we only need a Usb disk for backup and restore.

  1. select the default language “English”.
  2. choose to use the default keyboard layout.
  3. choose to “Start Clonezilla”.
  4. Choose “device-image” option.
  5. Choose “local_dev” option to assign sdb1 as the image home.
  6. 1) If you choose to start Clonezilla from memory, you can just press Enter.
    2) Otherwise, you need to insert another USB flash drive to save the backup file later.
  7. Check to see if there is a device just inserted in the list, if any, Crtl+C
  8. Select the device to save the image.
  9. Press Tab directly to select Done. By default, the image is saved in the root directory.
  10. Here we choose “Beginner” mode:
  11. Select to save the local hard disk as an image file or save the local partition as an image file.
  12. Enter the image name, Clonezilla will give an image name based on date and time, feel free to change it.
  13. Press space key before the hard disk or partition that needs to be backed up. If * appears, it means that the hard disk or partition has been selected.
  14. Choose to skip checking
  15. Select if you want to check the saved image:
  16. Choose not to encrypt
  17. operation when clone completed , choose one of the three

Clonezilla Recovery Hard Disk (Partition) Process

The recovery process is much the same as the cloning process, except that you choose to restore instead of backing up.

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