[Wolves] Clonezilla

David Goodwin david at codepoets.co.uk
Sun May 8 14:00:32 UTC 2011

I know nothing of clonezilla... but...

If you want to have an identical copy of the disk, which might be useful if it's a boot disk (or windows?), you could use 'dd'


dd if=/dev/hda | gzip -d > /path/to/somewhere.img

Without compression the resulting image will be the size of the disk (hda) or partition (if you chose e.g. hda1). If the disk you're backing up is your boot disk, then you'll need to boot from a livecd. And it takes ages.

In reality I suspect you'd be best off using something like 'rdiff-backup' - where you can have an incremental history.

rdiff-backup /home /backup/home
and then
rdiff-backup --remove-older-than 7D /backup/home

(You can also point it at remote hosts etc etc, which is why I use it).

There are zillions of backup scripts and tools 'out there'. 


On 8 May 2011, at 14:10, Mo Awkati wrote:

> Hi folk,
> Thinking of using Clonezilla to make a copy of my HDD. I am 
> conscious that I have been using the hard drive for quite 
> a few years now and don't want to be caught out by it failing
> on me at a critical time.

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