Clonezilla Live – Clone hard drives and create images for free

The current version 3.0.1-8 of the open source software Clonezilla Live is a small live operating system based on Linux, with which hard drives and partitions can be cloned or saved as images. To do this, you have to create a bootable data medium (CD/DVD or USB storage device), which works, for example, with a burning program à la CDBurner XP or the Universal USB Installer. Clonezilla must then be run from the medium after restarting the computer.

clonezillaThe Clonezilla Live boot menu

Clone, restore and more

Clonezilla Live relies on various free programs for handling storage media and offers text-based menu navigation in German to copy individual partitions or entire hard drives and restore them on the basis of this. In addition to direct cloning, the images can either be stored on different local data carriers or distributed in the network via NFS, SSH, Samba and WebDAV servers. Also on board is a function for encrypting images.

Numerous file systems are supported, including the common Windows standards FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS, ext2, ext3, ext4, Reiserfs, Reiser4, xfs, jfs, btrfs from Linux and HFS+ from Mac OS X. With these file systems, only those that are actually used Memory blocks taken over, while unsupported ones are copied sector by sector. The software can deal equally with MBR and GPT partitions as well as with BIOS and UEFI systems.

For system migrations and backups

Clonezilla Live offers a good way to make 1:1 copies of hard drives and perform system migrations, but as a live operating system it is not necessarily aimed at laypeople. On the manufacturer page A server edition is also available with which the hard drives of several computers can be cloned or restored simultaneously in the network, for which an existing DRBL server is required. There are alternatives to Clonezilla Live with a similar orientation in terms of functionality, for example in the form of Macrium Reflect running under Windows or with Paragon Backup & Recovery 2014 Free.

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