Clonezilla is a free data recovery, disk cloning and disk imaging program, similar to the popular True Image and Norton Ghost.
Thanks to Clonezilla, you will be able to clone one or more partitions or even the entire hard disk / SSD of your PC to another hard disk / SSD.
You can also create an exact copy of your hard disk / SSD and save it as a system image (you can then see Clonezilla as an alternative to the system imaging solution built into Windows). In this tutorial, I will show you how to create a bootable USB key from Clonezilla.
We will use the Tuxboot utilities Download Tuxboot , to create our Clonezilla USB drive.
Tuxboot takes care of everything: it downloads the ISO and installs it directly on our USB key! Start by downloading Tuxboot from the link below and then launch it.
In the Tuxboot main window, select the following options:
- On-Line Distribution: clonezilla_live_alternative and current
- Check the Save ISO file and MD5 Check boxes
- Drive: select the letter corresponding to your USB key (check that it is your USB key from the Windows Explorer).
Finally, click on the OK button to start the creation of our USB key of Clonezilla.
Tuxboot downloads the ISO of the latest version of Clonezilla.
Select the folder where the CloneZilla ISO is stored. You can then re-use it by selecting the Pre Downloaded option instead of One-Line Distribution in Tuxboot, if necessary.
Here, our USB drive of Clonezilla is now created and ready to boot !
- Filesystem supported: ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs, xfs, jfs of GNU/Linux, FAT, NTFS of MS Windows, HFS+ of Mac OS, UFS of BSD, minix of Minix and VMFS of VMWare ESX.
- Therefore you can clone GNU/Linux, MS windows and Intel-based Mac OS, no matter it’s 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x86-64) OS. For these file systems, only used blocks in partition are saved and restored. For unsupported file system, sector-to-sector copy is done by dd in Clonezilla
- LVM2 (LVM version 1 is not) under GNU/Linux is supported.
- Multicast is supported in Clonezilla SE, which is suitable for massive clone.
- Based on partclone to clone partition. However, clonezilla, containing some other programs, can save and restore not only partitions, but also a whole disk.