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Opinions/Feedback - Clonezilla

Rob Kuhn
I've used Ghost and Acronis over the years but as far as "free" goes has anyone used Clonezilla? Opinions, feedback, etc...

TIA!
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    OH Smeg

    I've had no great issues with it.

    Col

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    Rob Kuhn

    Have you done a multicast? If so, easy, hard, ???

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    robo_dev

    But not all. It works like a champ if you're not scared by the Linux-ey interface.

    I ran into issues with using Clonezilla on a PC running an Intel SATA RAID-1 configuration. Two issues, actually...first it could not see the SATA controller at all, THEN it had issues with the USB external drive.

    At that point I gave up and bought a copy of Acronis.

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    Rob Kuhn

    Linux boot devices don't bother me. I'm pretty use to it. :)

    I read about the known issues with RAID and have looked through their Q&A/FAQ section and forum about this.

    During my initial test/eval, I had an Adaptec SATA-RAID controller and ran into the same problem; although it was a RAID-5.

    I had to break the RAID (using the controller BIOS/Setup) and make them JBODs then I could see the drives. Encouraged I created a RAID-1 (just to test - if it worked then I'd try RAID-5/6) and it was not able to see the drive; just the other drives. I have no idea why.

    I didn't spend too much time with it. In my case, if I find myself having to do disk imaging on a RAID I will be using Acronis or Ghost where I know it works. :)

    All that said, I figure it's "free" so my expectation is not going to be high :)

    Right now I'm running into problems getting the multicast to work. It seems to be running more in a unicast (one at a time as opposed to one-to-many).

    My test network for this are three machines all connected to a stand alone switch. On the switch is a home router which acts as the DHCP server but everything is a private LAN. Not connected to any other LAN or WAN.

    The home router supports Multicasting as I've used this same setup when I was evaluating Acronis SnapDeploy.

    I'm sure it's somethinig simple that I'm missing. Again, it's free so I'm not going to spend too much time with it. At least I can unicast to one machine which is pretty cool. :)

    Clonezilla is still a pretty cool (lightweight) disk imaging tool and worth having in the IT toolbox.

    Thanks for the feedback and your experience! :)

    I'll keep banging away ...

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    Madsmaddad

    I use clonezilla on my XP computer to back up the working system to an ext4 partition (Not seen by Windows) on the same computer. When I needed to rebuild XP it was simple to use clonezilla to download the image giving me a year old known good system. Then just update a few things and all the microsoft updates, and clone it back up as the next known good system for next time.

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    Rob Kuhn

    Cool idea. But ... if the drive dies ?? :)

    But I like that idea of using a hidden partition... Sort of like a local "system recovery" partition. :)

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    robo_dev

    That's a good idea....I have some machines with dual drives running RAID-1, but often it's probably handier to use the second drive to keep a ghost (er...Clonezilla) image of the first drive.

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    backupguy80

    yes clonezilla is a free and reliable disk clone software, but true image 2013 also allows you create full drive images and incremental/differential backups and a lot of other stuff, i used true image for a long time and would give my word for it, here is informative comparison review of these two software http://www.acroniscoupon.info/acronis-true-image-2013-vs-clonezilla.html

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    OH Smeg

    I've had no great issues with it.

    Col

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    Rob Kuhn

    Have you done a multicast? If so, easy, hard, ???

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    robo_dev

    But not all. It works like a champ if you're not scared by the Linux-ey interface.

    I ran into issues with using Clonezilla on a PC running an Intel SATA RAID-1 configuration. Two issues, actually...first it could not see the SATA controller at all, THEN it had issues with the USB external drive.

    At that point I gave up and bought a copy of Acronis.

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    Rob Kuhn

    Linux boot devices don't bother me. I'm pretty use to it. :)

    I read about the known issues with RAID and have looked through their Q&A/FAQ section and forum about this.

    During my initial test/eval, I had an Adaptec SATA-RAID controller and ran into the same problem; although it was a RAID-5.

    I had to break the RAID (using the controller BIOS/Setup) and make them JBODs then I could see the drives. Encouraged I created a RAID-1 (just to test - if it worked then I'd try RAID-5/6) and it was not able to see the drive; just the other drives. I have no idea why.

    I didn't spend too much time with it. In my case, if I find myself having to do disk imaging on a RAID I will be using Acronis or Ghost where I know it works. :)

    All that said, I figure it's "free" so my expectation is not going to be high :)

    Right now I'm running into problems getting the multicast to work. It seems to be running more in a unicast (one at a time as opposed to one-to-many).

    My test network for this are three machines all connected to a stand alone switch. On the switch is a home router which acts as the DHCP server but everything is a private LAN. Not connected to any other LAN or WAN.

    The home router supports Multicasting as I've used this same setup when I was evaluating Acronis SnapDeploy.

    I'm sure it's somethinig simple that I'm missing. Again, it's free so I'm not going to spend too much time with it. At least I can unicast to one machine which is pretty cool. :)

    Clonezilla is still a pretty cool (lightweight) disk imaging tool and worth having in the IT toolbox.

    Thanks for the feedback and your experience! :)

    I'll keep banging away ...

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    Madsmaddad

    I use clonezilla on my XP computer to back up the working system to an ext4 partition (Not seen by Windows) on the same computer. When I needed to rebuild XP it was simple to use clonezilla to download the image giving me a year old known good system. Then just update a few things and all the microsoft updates, and clone it back up as the next known good system for next time.

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    Rob Kuhn

    Cool idea. But ... if the drive dies ?? :)

    But I like that idea of using a hidden partition... Sort of like a local "system recovery" partition. :)

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    robo_dev

    That's a good idea....I have some machines with dual drives running RAID-1, but often it's probably handier to use the second drive to keep a ghost (er...Clonezilla) image of the first drive.

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    backupguy80

    yes clonezilla is a free and reliable disk clone software, but true image 2013 also allows you create full drive images and incremental/differential backups and a lot of other stuff, i used true image for a long time and would give my word for it, here is informative comparison review of these two software http://www.acroniscoupon.info/acronis-true-image-2013-vs-clonezilla.html