How To Clone A Hard Drive with Clonezilla.
At work I wrote a small how-to for the people who are not familiar with Clonzilla, a tool that clones hard drives and data. Since it contains information from the internet, I’d like to share it back. Also remember, this was written for technicians who already work with computers all day.
Clonezilla (Local Disk to Local Disk)
Using Clonezilla for Disk cloning is easy when you have hard drives that are the same size or the source drive is smaller than the target drive. Here “source” is the drive that has the original image we want to copy the “target” is where we want to copy it to. (note, do not try cloning a drive that is smaller than the TARGET drive, even if the space is not used. This is Clonezilla’s biggest (and maybe only) limitation) In this How-to we’ll see how to do a local disk to local disk copy. But first let’s get our tools.
“Install” Clonezilla to USB
Download here. http://clonezilla.org/downloads/alternative/iso-zip-files.php and find the newest version you need. Clonezilla is not to be installed, simply ran off the USB. Once downloaded copy to USB using this Unetbootin tool or any other ISO to USB boot tool of your choice. http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net Make sure you choose the ISO radio button and then install to the USB.
Clonezilla (This is the part where we clone you)
Before you boot into a Clonezilla USB, you plug in the hard drives that has the OS installed (Source) and the one you want to install to (Target). NOTE-Before you clone the drives, make sure you can identify them, this especially applies when they are same model drives, Grab something like the ISN:# as seen here on this Intel SSD to separate them and you don’t clone a blank drive onto your good drive.
Let’s assume this the “Source” Drive.
STEP by STEP……
Boot from Clonezilla USB.
Choose “Clonezilla Live Default” or wait 30 seconds.
It asks for your keyboard mapping and language, press Enter twice if not applicable to you.
Now you start CloneZilla GUI instead of just CMD-line
Choose Device to Device
Disk to Local Disk
Then you get to choose the source disk. (Now do you see why we had to properly identify our drives?)
Then you get to choose the target disk.
Here we have some options. See picture below if you choose “Expert”. If it’s a Windows Clone, then uncheck that (Reinstall GRUB –g auto) and I also tend to have more success when I skip error checking and toggle -Rescue mode on. (note –r, (resize) works best when Target Disk is larger than the Source Disk). Trial and error situations may occur when choosing the best options to clone your disks.
Skip Repairing Source File system. (If not needed)
Use Partition Table from the Source Disk.
Press Enter. Answer the “Are you sure?” With “y” (A couple times), while at the same time making sure it is correct. And you’ll know in a few moments if it’s working or not. (note these steps were tested with two identical 80GB SSD drives with WIN8 EFI and GPT)
And that’s about it. Please add anything you encounter to this BKM and keep in mind the Clonezilla tool also has a “Save to Image” feature that’s similar to Norton Ghost.
Except it’s quicker and has better compression. I’ve used it and will explain later how saving images to a hard drive works.
More detailed steps here on the Clonezilla Site