Clonezilla backup and recovery

Clonezilla is a Free and Open Source Software for Disk Imaging and Cloning utility. Like Norton ghost but free!

Here is a step by step tutorial on how to backup and recover with clonezilla. We will make a clone from one partition to another but only as an image file. If you don't have a second partition please download Partition wizard if you have Windows XP. If you have Windows vista/7/8 you can resize/create/format from the disk management.


  • Clonezilla supports the following file-system's
  • Windows: FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS
  • Linux: ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs, btrfs
  • Mac: HFS+
  • FreeBSD: UFS
  • VMWare ESX: VMFS3, VMFS5

Silent cloning is supported. One image to multiple devices is supported. The images can be on a local disk/ssh server/Samba server, or NFS. For a more detailed featured list, see: Clonezilla.org.

Here is a step by step guide, follow it:

  1. boot from the CD
  2. Start the defaults settings (clonezilla live)
  3. Choose the language you want English/Dutch/France etc. .. etc. ..
  4. In the next window select Don't touch keymap (which is the QWERTY keyboard selection window.)
  5. Select start_clonezilla Start Clonezilla (to start GUI clonezilla, the other option is cli.)
  6. device-image means partition/HD to image. Would you like Disk/Partition to disk/partition select device-device for this tutorial choosedevice-image
  7. For cloning you should choose where you want to save image clone or a previous made ​​backup to read/set back.
  8. Now we have a (ext-)HD/partition mount as /home /partimag so we can read or save in /home /partimag
  9. Select which folder to clone the image to
  10. Choose the mode that you want to run the wizard. Beginner... for beginners. Experts... for experts
  11. Choose how you want to clone HDD (Hard Disk Drive) to image or partition to image(or restore from a previous backup made)
  12. Choose the name of the folder of your image that you will make. (if you have selected HD/partition to image)
  13. Select the source partition to store
  14. You can choose the image to check after making the clone.
  15. You will be notified if you really want to continue type in y for yes and a moment later you're done.

This is a step-by-step video tutorial. Follow carefully and all will end well! wink

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