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Imaging Windows & Linux Partitions using CloneZilla

Posted on: November 27, 2008

Whilst doing my usual browsing the net today, I found an excelent tutorial on HowToForge.net that shows how someone can image a linux partition using CloneZilla.

CloneZilla is an Open-source alternative to Norton Ghost, The CloneZilla website can be found at the following URL:

http://clonezilla.org/

HowToForge have an excelent tutorial which can be found at the following URL:-

http://howtoforge.net/back-up-restore-hard-drives-and-partitions-with-clonezilla-live

To sum it all up, CloneZilla enables you to do the following tasks…

  • Backup the following file systems ext2, ext3, reiserfs, xfs, jfs of GNU/Linux, FAT, NTFS of MS Windows, and HFS+ of Mac OS.
  • CloneZilla can either image from HDD to Image file or HDD to HDD.
  • CloneZilla can send the image file to either a Samba, NFS or SSH Server.
  • CloneZilla can if selected break the image files up into smaller chunks eg. 2.0GB files or 700MB (Whatever you choose)
  • CloneZilla can be downloaded for free and burn to a CD-ROM/DVD.

In the past I have used G4L (Ghost4Linux) which also supports NTFS – The windows file system, although I am now considering switching to CloneZilla mainly as the following features are not supported in G4L (or atleast I’ve never seen them)…

  • Backup to SAMBA (Windows File Server – Basically)
  • Image segmentation – Ability to break up image files into smaller chunks.

Anyway enough of me ranting on!! Enjoy!

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