How to clone drive using Clonezilla

How to clone drive using clonezilla.

The Free and Open Source Software for Disk Imaging and Cloning

Step by Step:

  • First and foremost,  download clonezilla build here . you should choose your system 32 or 64 bit.
  • Extract the download file into the root of your bootable flashdrive.
    if your USB is not bootable refer to this link to make your USB Bootable easily. “How to create bootable USB using CMD”
  • Insert your bootable USB to your pc, make sure “removable devices” is your first boot on BIOSFollow below procedures.

NOTE: Your new drive must be equal or bigger than your old drive

In the boot menu, we choose “Other modes of Clonezilla live”

Then choose “Clonezilla live (To RAM. Boot media can be removed later)”

By doing this, all the Clonezilla live file on the new hard drive will be copied to RAM. Therefore the partition of new hard drive can be released, i.e. it won’t be busy and locked by running programs.
Press Enter, you will see Debian Linux booting process, and it will spend a few minutes when copying the files to RAM:



The default keyboard layout is US keybaord, therefore if you are using US keyboard, just press enter (i.e. use the option “Don’t touch keymap”).
If you want to change keymap, you can either choose “Select keymap from arch list” or “Select keymap from full list”.
///NOTE/// There is a bug when choosing French keymap in “Select keymap from arch list”, so use “Select keymap from full list” to change keymap if you are using French keyboard.


Choose “device-device”

Choose “Beginner”

If you choose “Expert” mode, you will have some chances to choose advanced parameters, e.g. tune the CHS values of target disk, how to create partition table on the target disk, etc.. You can see more details here.

///NOTE/// By deafult, Clonezilla will clone the “same” size of source disk to target disk. i.e. in this example, only 8 GB will be cloned to target disk, so the rest of 12 GB on the destination disk will be unallocated. If you want to make use all of the target disk size, remember to enter “Expert” mode and choose option “-k1”.




Here the source disk is sda, which is 8 GB in size”.
///WARNING/// Be careful! Do not choose the wrong disk. Since all the data on the target disk will be overwritten!!!

Here the target disk is sdb, which is 20 GB in size”
///WARNING/// Be careful! Do not choose the wrong disk. Since all the data on the target disk will be overwritten!!!

Select if the source file system need to be checked or not:

Clonezilla shows you the complete command to run this disk to disk clone action:

Before doing the real cloning, Clonezilla will ask confirmation:

Ask confirmation agin:

First it will create partition table on the destination disk:

Then ask confirmation about cloning boot loader to target disk:

Now ask confirmation about cloning data from source disk to target disk:

Clonezilla is cloning the data from source disk to target disk:



When everything is done, Clonezilla will prompt you if you want to run it again,

  1. ‘Stay in this console (console 1), enter command line prompt’
  2. ‘Run command “exit” or “logout”‘


Then we choose poweroff:

the machine will be halted:

and your done.

from: http://clonezilla.org/

Mike Gil Kim

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