Create a backup of your hard drive or SSD with Clonezilla

6:25 am March 22, 201711155QUICK GUIDE

create a copy of my album hard or its SSD is without doubt the backup method the most comprehensive, the safest and simplest to put its data safe. If you have not yet create a backup of your system disk, is the moment or never ! It often feels immune from malfunction of operating system or worse failure of my hard/SSD drive… until the day when it really happens. ‘Prevention is better than cure’ , and it’s never been as true on its digital data backup! Thanks to the program Clonezilla you can very easily create a disk image of your hard/SSD drive . A system image is a full backup of a drive and its partitions: it contains both the operating system, applications, and all the personal files of the user. Your disk is totally cloned and saved in the form of an image it is very easy to restore. Stop everything you’re doing and take the time to create a copy of your system with Clonezilla disk , you can thank me later 😉

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wait crab, this is not the first time I see this kind of tutorial on your site!

indeed, I have already written two tutorials that explain how to create a picture disc from my hard drive or SSD : the first with the Windows backup tool and the second with Redo Backup . Unfortunately, Redo Backup is no longer updated for a long time and does not work with the to format GPT disks (format mainly used by computers today). About the Windows backup tool, even if it is effective, it doesn’t work if you are using the Windows operating system. A GNU/Linux distribution users may not use and must therefore use another tool to create a backup of their system disk. That’s why I made you this new tutorial , but this time using the excellent program Clonezilla ! Free, free, easy to use and inspection, I recommend everyone to use and today advises you to use it at the expense of the backup tool Windows 😉

loan create a backup of your drive system ? Here we go!

install Clonezilla on USB bootable

in order:

  1. install Clonezilla on USB bootable in 5 minutes chrono;
  2. restart your PC on this same USB .

Clonezilla start menu

the start menu Clonezilla should display. Now go to Setup Clonezilla!

start and Setup Clonezilla

select Clonezilla live by pressing enter on your keyboard.

from now on everything is happening at the keyboard! You will need to highlight the option you want via the keys up (↑) and low (↓) on your keyboard then press enter to validate. If you want to cancel the current action, press the key tab (↹) and select Cancel by pressing the SPACEBAR on your keyboard.

keyboard layout and language

choose the French language: en_US. UTF-8 French | French .

select choose a keymap for your architecture .

select azerty generation of the keyboard layout.

select French .

and With Euro (latin 9) .

Finally, start Clonezilla by selecting Start Clonezilla .

cloning mode

Clonezilla offer two methods of cloning:

  • cloning disk/partition to image or image to disk/partition : allows to create the disk image to a hard/SSD drive or restore a disk image first create on a hard/SSD drive.
  • cloning disk to disk or partition to partition : allows you to clone a hard/SSD drive SSD/hard disk ‘on the fly’.

the purpose of this tutorial is to create the disk image of my hard/SSD drive, we select device-image (disque/partition vers/depuis image) .

drop discs images directory

we now need to select the device type on which the our hard/SSD drive disk image will be saved: either on a local device (hard drive, USB key,…) or a remote (SSD, SAMBA) server…. In the majority of cases, you will choose to backup this disc image on a external hard drive or a USB stick , a local device so. To do this, choose local_dev .

If you want to save the disk image of your hard/SSD on a USB device , time plug! Insert the device, wait for about 5 seconds then press entry. If you check the disk image to another location (partition to another hard disk for example), simply press entry.

Clonezilla list then all records it found on your machine. In the screenshot below, Clonezilla detects two drives:

  • drive system VBOX_HARDDISK (1) (which is on Windows and the personal files of the user);
  • external hard drive USB My_Passport_0B37 (2) (on which we want to save the disk image of the drive system VBOX_HARDDISK ).

If your storage device does not appear, wait a few seconds time for Clonezilla to detect. Once all your disks detected, press simultaneously the keys Ctrl + C to exit the window.

now, choose the device on which you want to save the system image of your hard/SSD drive . In the example below, I select my USB external hard drive: sdb1 / WD My Passport .

then select directory in which the image will be stored. By default, the image is saved to the root your device . To change the location, select the file that you are interested in by pressing enter ( currently selected directory name should then change).

once the repertoire selected, press tab (↹) button and select Done .

Finally, press entry to disk image creation.

creating the image disk

Clonezilla properly configured, we will finally be able to start the creating the disk image of our hard/SSD drive . Here we go! Select beginner mode ( Beginner ).

select savedisk ( save the local disk in an image ).

enter a name for your SSD hard disk image.

select the drive that you want to clone .

If you clone a disk formatted in NTFS (this is the case if your disk contains the Windows installation, or if you use the disc as storage medium in Windows), choose does not check/repair the system files source . This option only works for drives with a file system ext2/3/4 (file system used by GNU/Linux distributions).

for safety, choose to check the saved image .

choose whether or not you want to encrypt the disk image.

choose the action when creating the disc image will be completed. You can leave the default option.

press entry to validate the creation of the disk image.

and finally, enter y then press entry to launch the creating the disk image of your hard/SSD drive !

the creation of the disk image takes more or less time depending on the size of your drive and the performance of your system.

press entry once finished creating the disk image.

Finally choose if you want to stop or restart the PC, or revive Clonezilla.

and here, you've managed to create a copy of your SSD on/in the form of a system image! Your data is now safe and very easy to restore, always with Clonezilla 😉