Clone Windows and Linux Drives with Clonezilla
Clonezilla is very popular disk cloning and backup solution. Clonezilla provides a lot of different type of cloning capabilities. We can clone our source in to SSH, FTP, SMB, Webdav or local file systems. In this tutorial we will look how to download Clonezilla and clone given partition to the remote file system.
Clonezilla can be downloaded in various format but the most popular format is 64 bit stable ISO image. We will download ISO image from following link.
There are different tools to Burn into CD. We can use Nero or Windows builtin CD burn tool to burn Clonzilla ISO image to CD.
Another options to use Clonezilla is burning it into USB drive . We can use
Live Linux tool to write ISO file to the USB.
Boot From CD or USB
In order to start Clonezilla we should prepare the system we want to backup to boot from USB or CDROM according to our situation.
We can see in the following screen Clonezilla is starting. There is following options where we can select.
Clonezilla Liveis the mod we will use in this tutorial which will start Clonezilla Live mode which will not save any data into systems.
Other modes of Clonezilla liveis the mode a list of other detailed live modes will be listes
Local operating system in harddrivewill open from installed operating system.
Memtest & FreeDOSwill start memory test
Network boot via iPXEwill start from over network with
We will select the interface language we want to use during clone and backup operations. In this case we select
English and related localization settings.
We may select different keymap provided by current language. In this situation we proceed with the language provided keymap which is
English . If you use different keymap than English be sure that you have selected it.
Start Mode Of Clonezilla
Clonezilla provides two work mode.
Start Clonezillawill start menu driven steps.
Enter_shellwill enter to the Clonezilla operating system shell.
Choose Copy Mode
Clonezilla provides different copy modes those are like below.
device-imagewill copy devices and partitions to the image file
device-devicewill copy devices to device
remote-sourcewill copy remote devices and image
Clonezilla can use different destination units according to copy mode.
We need to make network configuration if we will use network based source or destinations. We need to set IP address. We have following options.
dhcpwill get IP address automatically from DHCP server
staticwill provide IP address screen where we can put IP address
pppoeis used for point-to-point connections.
enter_shellcan be used to set IP address in Linux bash shell
Mount Remote File System
As we have selected SSH or SSHFS as remote file system we should set some parameters. We will provide following parameters
- IP address of remote server
- Ssh port
- Sshfs mount point
- Ssh username
- Ssh password
Here we will provide the password for the user root which is provided by us.
Choose Wizard Mode
We have two options to set backup options.
Beginnerwill ask little as possible
Expertwill ask a lot of questions about the copy and backup operations.
Clonezilla can save the whole disk or selected partitions. We select to save or backup selected partitions.
Set Backup Name
We need to set the backup name. Clonezilla will provide the name automatically according to current date and time.
We will select the source partitions we want to clone.
Select Disk Integrity Check
We can check integrity of the source before backup operation.
Or we can check saved image file integrity with the following screen.
We can also encrypt saved image if we need more security.
Select Action Take After Copy
We can select the action will take after backup operation is completed.
Start Clone Operation
These screens provides the start of the backup or clone operation.
Cloning or Backup Operation
Following screen will provide detailed information about backup process. We will be provided information like
- Elapsed Time
- Remaining Time
- Current Operation