Restore a disk image on a hard drive or SSD with Clonezilla

11:06 pm March 27, 20179859HOW TO

in order to put your data safe, you have created a disk image of your hard/SSD drive , disk image that you have placed on an external hard drive (for example). As a reminder, a disk image is a exact copy of your hard/SSD drive ; it contains all data from the disk, the operating system, your programs, your personal files… But today, it’s time for restore you to this system image! Whether it’s after a crash of your old drive, a change of disc or to find an operational system, you will see that restore a system image is easier than to create one. Finally if you have found this simple course 😛 let’s go, let’s go restore a disc image on our hard/SSD drive !

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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 you to create the disk image to a hard/SSD drive or restore a previously created on a SSD hard disk image.
  • 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 restore a disc on a hard/SSD drive image, we select device-image (disque/partition vers/depuis image) .

directory of images disks

we now need to select the type of device on the picture disc that we want to restore : either on a local device (hard drive, USB key,…) or a remote (SSD, SAMBA) server…. In most cases, your disk image is located on a external hard drive, a USB key or a partition to another disk , a local device so. Choose so local_dev .

If you want to restore a disk image that is located on a USB device , time plug! Insert the device (USB stick, external hard drive), wait about 5 seconds and then press entry. If the disk image is on another location (partition to a local disk for example), simply press entry.

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

  • disc VBOX_HARDDISK (1) (on which we want to restore the disk image);
  • external hard drive USB My_Passport_0B37 (2) (which is on our disk image).

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 the disk image that you want to restore . In the example below, I select my USB external hard drive: sdb1 / WD My Passport .

then select directory in the system image. To change the location, select the file that you are interested in by pressing enter ( currently selected directory name should then change).

once the directory found, press the key tab (↹) and select Done . In the screenshot below, my 2017-03-20-16-img-ancien-disque-dur disk image (it’s actually a folder) is located at the root of the external hard drive ( / ). Choose the directory that contains the disk image and not the image disk itself.

Finally, press entry to disk image restore on our hard/SSD drive.

disk image restore

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

choose restoredisk ( restore an image to the local drive ).

select the disk image that you want to restore .

select the target disk, disk on which the disk image will be restored . Warning, all data on that drive will be removed and replaced with those contained in the disk image.

for safety, choose to check the image before restoring .

choose the action when the disk image restore is completed. You can leave the default option.

press entry to launch the disk image restore.

, enter y then press enter twice to start the restoration of the disc image on the selected hard/SSD drive !

the disk image restore takes more or less time depending on the amount of data to restore and depending on the performance of your system.

press entry once the disk image restore complete.

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

and here, you’ve managed to restore data contained in a disc image on an SSD on / !