How to clone drive using clonezilla.
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”
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.
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 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!!!
|Before doing the real cloning, Clonezilla will ask confirmation:
Ask confirmation agin:
First it will create partition table on the destination disk:
Now ask confirmation about cloning data from source disk to target disk:
|When everything is done, Clonezilla will prompt you if you want to run it again,
Then we choose poweroff:
the machine will be halted:
and your done.