[Wolves] Clonezilla

Adam Sweet adam at adamsweet.org
Mon May 9 10:47:59 UTC 2011

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On 08/05/11 15:37, Mo Awkati wrote:
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------
> *From:* davmor2 <davmor2 at davmor2.co.uk>
> *To:* Wolverhampton Linux User Group <wolves at mailman.lug.org.uk>
> *Sent:* Sunday, 8 May 2011, 14:50
> *Subject:* Re: [Wolves] Clonezilla
> On Sun, 8 May 2011 14:15:05 +0100 (BST), Mo Awkati <mawkati at yahoo.co.uk
> <mailto:mawkati at yahoo.co.uk>>
> wrote:
>>>Hi folk,
>>>Thinking of using Clonezilla to make a copy of my HDD. I amconscious
> that
>>>I have been using the
>>>hard drive for quitea few years now and don't want to be caught out by
> it
>>>failingon me at a critical time.
>>>Any tips or things I need to watch out for?  Obviously I will back upall
>>>my files before I start the process.
>> Just to also say that I want to back up the image to an external HD. Can
> I
>> put it in a specific folder or
>> will it require the whole drive?
>> Mo
> Mo by default it will save the image it produces to the root dir of the
> drive you save too.  Alway remember to call it something sensible like
> <machinename><backupdate>  it gets confusing if you backup more than one
> machine else.
> -- 
> Seek That Thy Might Know
> I did install  gddrescue from the Software Centre and could not get it
> up and running?? :(
> I can get ddrescue from the CL but I wanted to see the GUI of gddrescue
> but could not find it.
> With Clonzilla it is a live CD which  I downloaded. You can specify the
> partitions you want to save
> to including an external HD. But if it takes a long time then I might
> try David's suggestion.

dd will take a long time because it copies every block on disk, used or
empty. Clonezilla should take less time because it only copies used blocks.

I did exactly what you plan to do when I installed a bigger hard disk
and it worked without any problems. I don't recall having to do anything
special to get it to work. Just make sure you specify you want to clone
the whole disk and save it to the external disk. As Dave Morley says,
call it something sensible so there are no doubts about what the disk
image is should you need to restore it.

If I recall correctly, it may break your disk image into multiple files
to avoid hitting any kind of file system specific file size limits.
FAT32 has a limit of 4GB per file for example.


Adam Sweet

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