Create Disk Images Using “Clonezilla”

The hard disk drive in your PC is most valuable component – although its worth probably that can’t be measured entirely by the damage it did to your credit card. Installing Windows, and subsequently installing all the applications that will run under Windows, can take hours or even days.

While you can back up your important files on your hard drive, but there’s no way to back up an entire Windows hard drive in a form that would allow you to subsequently restore it and get back on line immediately.

At least, there’s no way to completely back up a Windows hard drive under Windows. Windows locks down several important components of itself, making them inaccessible to other applications while Windows is running. This would include whatever software was intended to back up your system.

But hold on guys, there’s a way to get around this problem, and I should begin by pointing out that it sounds a great deal than it really is. You know you can back up a Windows hard disk drive by booting up your PC using an operating system other than Windows operating system, from your optical drive , and running back up software from your optical drive operating system…Trust Me it is possible.

There are a number of commercial packages line Norton Ghost that support cloning and imaging of hard drives, and I’ve tried number of them. But Clonezilla is one of my favorite disk cloning and imaging software because it’s easy to use and it doesn’t cost money.

Clonezilla is a free open-source collaborative project that can help you create disk images. Clonezilla-Live puts the imaging utility in a download-able, ready-to-go “live” format that you can burn to disk, install to a machine or launch from a PXE boot and just begin using. There’s no cost to download or use Clonezilla.

I’ve used Clonezilla without any ill effects – which is a lot more than I can say about its commercial competitor.

So today I am going to share with you on how to create a full backup of computer hard drive. Although you can run Clonezilla successfully with a minimum level of technical competence but still this tutorial requires you to have a little knowledge on computers.

How to Backup your Hard Drive

The trailing below procedure will create a disk image of your internal hard disk drive on your removable USB drive, which will subsequently be available to restore. Please follow the steps below.

  • Boot up your system which you want to backup with the Clonezilla CD.
  • Press Enter to select the default Clonezilla screen settings.

  • Press Enter to select English when the language prompt appears, or whatever language you want.

  • Press Enter to select the default “Don’t touch keymap” – this defines how your keyboard will be managed by Linux.
  • Press Enter to select the device-image. This selection/option will allow Clonezilla to save your hard drive or partition into an image file.

  • Press Enter to work with disk or partition images. You do not want to copy directly from one disk to another, which would require that you have two internal hard drives installed in your computer.
  • Press Enter to select Local Device. This will allow you to copy your hard disk drive image to a local USB  hard drive.
  • After hitting Enter button, a text line will appear at the bottom of your computer screen. Plug in your USB hard drive if you haven’t done so previously. Wait for at least four to five seconds so it can spin up and then press Enter.
  • When the Mode screen appears, try to locate your USB hard disk drive. It will typically be the last item in the list, usually on a line that begins with sdb1. The other items, usually beginning with sda1, will be partitions of your internal hard drive. Use the arrow keys to select the external USB hard disk drive and then press Enter.
  • After that, Press Enter to select the top directory, which is the root, of your USB hard disk drive as the location to write a disk image.  Clonezilla will create a sub-directory therein. A text line will appear at the bottom of your computer screen. Press Enter to continue.
  • Press Enter to select Beginner Mode – or your brain will gonna explode…
  • Press Enter to save your local hard drive as an image.
  • Press Enter to accept the default image folder file name.
  • Select the internal hard drive to copy to an image and then press Enter.
  • A text line will appear at the bottom of your computer screen, Press Enter to continue.
  • After a bit of text scrolls, you’ll be asked if you’re sure that you want to continue. Press Y and then press Enter.

Clonezilla will now start creating the image and simultaneously transfer your files to your USB hard disk drive. The whole process of creating a full backup image can take about 30-60 minutes, depending on your computer system and amount of backup.

When Clonezilla has finished creating a disk image, it will offer you a number of shut- down options. Reboot your system. Linux will automatically wind itself  and eject the Clonezilla CD from your optical drive before it restarts Windows.

This is the procedure to use Clonezilla to make a backup image of a computer. Clonezilla is really impressive! and i  would  personally recommend Clonezilla for newer users, when copying or cloning their hard drives.

Tomorrow i will going to tell you how Restore your hard disk image using Clonezilla

Stay Tuned !!!


One response

  1. Thanks the author for article. The main thing do not forget about users, and continue in the same spirit.

    March 21, 2010 at 02:22

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