How do I use Clonezilla to clone my Hard Drive - Copy HDD

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Today, unlike some of its competitors, Clonezilla does not have a fancy graphical interface. Clonezilla is a tool that is basically based on text based on curses. But that does not mean it is difficult to use. In fact, Clonezilla is very easy to use, given the complexity of the task in question. And on this blog, I will illustrate how easy this task is with Clonezilla.

Get Clonezilla ISO Image

Downaload Clonezilla: The first step is to download ISO images from the Clonezilla website. Make sure to download the stable version of this tool. After the file has been downloaded, you must burn it to disk. NOTE: If you want to use it on a USB drive, use a tool like UNetbootin to simplify this process. After recording your media, you are almost ready.

Insert Drive / USB: Install your external drive (or, if you use USB, insert a recordable CD / DVD), then insert your Clonezilla media.

Reboot Computer in execute Clonezilla

Reboot Your Windows: Restart your computer. You must boot from Clonezilla support so that this works. What you will see is the Clonzilla home screen (Figure A). To make a image, select Clonzezilla Live (the default setting) and press Enter. You will now see the Debian startup sequence appear.

Clonezilla to Clone Windows Hard Drive

Select Language: Choose your language. In the language screen, you must choose the language you want to use for the process. This step must be quite clear.

Choose Right Keyboard: Select your keyboard layout. You have four options:
  • Select the keyboard in the arc list.
  • Don't touch my keyboard
  • Save the kernel keymap
  • Select the keyboard from the full list
Most likely, Don't touch my keyboard settings function correctly. I use this option for workstations and laptops without problems.

Open Clonezilla: Start Clonezilla. In this step, you can enter the Clonezilla tool. You don't want an ape with a console here if you are not familiar Clonezilla tool.

Start Cloning Your Hard Drive

Perform this: Select the image of your device. In this step, you will have the option to make a image or make a direct copy from one device to another. Taking images is always the best, especially for the first clone or backup. Because we have created a image of our readers, select the first option (Figure B) and click on the tab to accept.

Clonezilla tutorial to clone drive

Specify Image Location: Where do you want to put the image? In this step, you must tell Clonezilla where the image must be saved. You have six options:
  • Local Device
  • SSH server
  • Samba server
  • NFS Server
  • Enter shell
  • Skip
For an external or USB drive, you want to choose local_dev (Figure C). This goal is also the simplest because you don't need to worry about configuring SSH, Samba or NFS. Just remember that these images can be VERY large, so you want to have an external unit that is larger or equal to the unit you are drawing.

Clonezilla image directory

Choose Repository: Select the repository that will contain your image. This is where you have to be very careful. If you are in a Linux environment, you can almost make sure you do NOT want to choose a drive called hda. You will want to look for hdd/hdb. If you select the "a" partition, you can overwrite your current drive.

Label Your Image for Identification

Label Image: Name the image. What you are doing here is giving a name to the image. You might want to enter a date on behalf of your image to find out what the last image was.

Let it complete: Pay attention to the process. Although Clonezilla is very sharp (for imaging devices), Clonezilla can count between 30 minutes and three hours, depending on the size of the partition or drive you are making. I recently cloned a 160GB disk in less than two hours.

After the image is stored on the device, you can restart your computer, knowing that it has a backup in the event of a disaster.

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