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Old 09. Jan 2016, 03:34 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I don't know exactly what you are interested in Remah but I will try.

I haven't used a lot of imaging software but in terms of eye candy I would say Clonezilla probably looks like a throwback from the 90's. It will certainly never win a beauty contest. Clonezilla can also be confusing, especially for the inexperienced or less technically inclined. For example, you have to be familiar with Linux naming conventions for disks and partitions such as sda1, sda2, sdb1, etc. I believe even advanced users would benefit from reading Dedoimedo's tutorial before attempting to use Clonezilla. Just take into consideration that Dedoimedo's tutorial was written in 2011 and some screens may look slightly different. If you encounter any confusing parts (such as the screenshot shown below) it's best to accept the default settings unless you know what you are doing.


(The above screenshot is from Dedoimedo's tutorial)

The actual image which is created is a folder rather than a single file. Also, images can only be saved to the top-most directories of the destination drive and there must be no spaces in the directory names.

I didn't do any timing but I would say the time it takes to create an image and restore it is probably comparable to Macrium.

Feel free to ask if you have any questions.
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Old 09. Jan 2016, 10:04 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I don't know exactly what you are interested in Remah but I will try.

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The actual image which is created is a folder rather than a single file. Also, images can only be saved to the top-most directories of the destination drive and there must be no spaces in the directory names.

I didn't do any timing but I would say the time it takes to create an image and restore it is probably comparable to Macrium.
Thanks, that was the sort of useful stuff.
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Old 10. Jan 2016, 06:56 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Timely support for Clonezilla

Interesting timing that we get another user promoting Clonezilla in the Drive Cloning article:
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I realize that Gizmo's website is Windows-heavy, but I still think you've given Clonezilla an insufficient rating. Clonezilla has only one disadvantage, that being that it does do not do partition editing on-the-fly, so you can't duplicate a source disk/partition to a smaller disk/partition. The other "con" that Czilla often gets from GUI addicts is that it's complicated and unintuitive. If you're a novice Windows user who needs to press one or two buttons to automagically clone your drive, I can see that perspective. IMO, however, that person should never, ever be involved in drive cloning activity. The primary measure for any drive clone app is that it reliably and consistently duplicates drives/partitions accurately. Clonezilla meets that requirement with flying colors. The secondary measure is that the application provides adequate tools/settings to prevent and resolve unexpected issues with the cloning operation. Again, CloneZilla meets that criteria in spades. A pretty gui and automagical scripting should be the last thing you consider.
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Thanks Remah. I saw the comment earlier but I don't agree with the author. There was a time computers weren't very user friendly but that time has come and gone. To say a person shouldn't be involved in cloning just because he cannot understand Clonezilla's confusing interface is a poor excuse to hold on to the past.
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Thanks Remah. I saw the comment earlier but I don't agree with the author. There was a time computers weren't very user friendly but that time has come and gone. To say a person shouldn't be involved in cloning just because he cannot understand Clonezilla's confusing interface is a poor excuse to hold on to the past.
Yes. I should have cut out that part of the quote.

Do you think that Clonezilla is "complicated and unintuitive"?
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Do you think that Clonezilla is "complicated and unintuitive"?
Yes, I do. If I hadn't read Dedoimedo's tutorial I would have made a mess of things. In contrast, the first time I used Macrium I didn't have to read any guides. Some people may enjoy geeky stuff but not everyone does.
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Old 06. Feb 2016, 09:20 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I am resurrecting this thread because something occurred recently which I think is of importance.

As you may recall, in post #6 I mentioned an incident where I did a restore with Macrium and it wiped out my Data partition. That incident prompted me to look for another way to image my Linux partition, hence the reason why I started this thread. With that said, I never stopped wondering why things went awry.

Recently, I was trying to restore a Clonezilla backup but somehow or the other Clonezilla kept refusing to restore to the partition where I thought it should be restored. Then I suddenly remembered that I did some partitioning recently and that is what was causing this issue.

So how does this relate to the issue I had with Macrium? Well, I had also done some partitioning just before the ill-fated restore! Some partitions were moved, or rather, the starting and ending sectors of those partitions were no longer the same. Blissfully unaware of how this would affect Macrium, I then do a restore only to find to my horror that it has overwrites the wrong partition! In retrospect, this obviously happened because Macrium used the starting sector of a partition as a marker to tell it where to restore an image.

Out of this harrowing experience I have at least learned one valuable lesson which I am now sharing here: ALWAYS redo your images after any partitioning.

Lastly, I could be wrong about everything above. I have nothing to go on except my own experiences and observations. If I am wrong, please correct me.
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