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Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by ratchet, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. ratchet

    ratchet Registered Member

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    I noticed Major Geeks has Clonezilla listed today. Periodically I clone my system. I've used free xxclone and Macrium (now mostly). Any advantage to Clonezilla? Thank you!
     
  2. MerleOne

    MerleOne Registered Member

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    I don't think Clonezilla offers incremental / differential backups, not until recently at least.
     
  3. oliverjia

    oliverjia Registered Member

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    Clonezilla is open-source, free and powerful. It can clone NTFS, XFS, Ext3/4 etc. It's what I use to image my Ubuntu installation.
     
  4. HAN

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    I use Clonezilla to image (not clone) quite often. I have never had an issue making images or restores. As rock solid as any imaging app I ever used. I trust it and my trust is not easily given.

    That all said, it's user interface is not the most user friendly (text based.) It's ran from outside of the OS (you boot into Clonezilla from a UFD or optical disc.) At this stage, it won't burn images to optical media and it also won't create incremental/differential image changes (full images only.) All shortcomings I am more than happy to overlook...
     
  5. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

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    Clonezilla has been reliable for years of usage now across Windows, OS X, and Linux. No problems, even with FDE and such.

    I could say the same for Macrium, except I haven't used it as much and across so many platforms.
     
  6. TheRollbackFrog

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    Sorry I'm late, Ratchet... Holidays ya know.

    First of all, I think most of your question has been answered very well by our Forum members. It works, it's reliable but its UI is a bit cryptic at times. It's also an imager, not necessarily an exact "cloner." I find many other imagers (IFW, Macrium, etc.) a bit better due to the availability of INCREMENTAL/DIFFERENTIAL capability and the ease at which a partition boundary may be adjusted during restoration (main use... older HDD image CHS-based (Cylinder, Head, Sector) boundary use to newer 1mB boundary needs for SSD internal blocking).

    I'm really not sure what the "advantages" of cloning are unless the clone operation is dynamic (occurs LIVE while running windows... I think CASPER does this). This, of course, would allow for "immediate" (reconnect or BOOT redirect) BOOTing of your system in a very short period of time. I have never needed this capability... when this condition really occurs, it's a great time for a beer break while the system is being restored by an imager :rolleyes:

    Of course these days with PRIMARY SSDs as your main OS device... even that beer break while the restoration is in progress is gettin' pretty damn short! I actually may have to switch off to 20-oz brews instead of those quarts :gack:
     
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  7. ratchet

    ratchet Registered Member

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    Not to worry! Holidays you say? Six grandchildren ages 7-1 were here for a week! Anyway my question has spawned another question and issue here! Relative to that, how to stop AX from imaging E:? Thank you!