It’s a cute name. However, Clonezilla is more than just a cute name. If you haven’t heard of it, here’s what Clonezilla is all about.
Clonezilla is a free and open source disk partition and image cloning program. You can use Clonezilla for system backups, full drive clones, system deployments, and more. Furthermore, it supports an enormous range of file systems, as well as multiple boot loaders, encryption, and more.
So, if you’ve just bought a new computer and you’re thinking of moving your old files to it, Clonezilla is a good option.
When you buy a new computer, you have to move your old files to your new system. Copying folder after folder, file after file is tedious. Thankfully, you can use Clonezilla to clone your entire drive to a new drive. Drive cloning with Clonezilla is fast, simple, and best of all, completely free.
Now, before you start cloning your Windows 10 drive, you have to check the capacity of your second drive.
Please note that to clone your Windows 10 drive, your second drive must have an equal or larger capacity to your current storage. For instance, if you want to clone a drive that is using 60 GB storage, the recipient drive must also have at least 60 GB available for a complete clone.
The first thing you need to do is to download Clonezilla. Here’s how you can do it.
You will need a USB flash drive to download Clonezilla. You can make the download quicker with a USB 3 16 gigabyte but you really use any USB for it. Now, go to Tuxboot.org. Then click on the download link on the side.
Once that’s done, go to your download folder to run the executable file. Click on the default option, which is the Clonezilla live version. To avoid overwriting an SD or another thumb drive, make sure to select the USB drive that you’ve inserted. Click “Okay” to download Clonezilla.
You can also create a bootable USB drive with Rufus.
To create your bootable Clonezilla USB flash drive, you need a 1 GB USB flash drive (or larger). You also need handy little bootable USB flash drive tool, Rufus. (Here are some other tools you can use to make a bootable USB flash drive.)
Please note that creating the Clonezilla bootable USB flash drive will completely wipe any existing data on your drive.
Here’s what you need to do:
1. Head to the Rufus homepage. Download and install the latest version.
2. After installation, open Rufus. Make sure to insert your USB flash drive.
3. Select your USB flash drive under Device.
4. Under Boot selection, press SELECT. Browse to your Clonezilla ISO download location and hit Open. Rufus will automatically input the correct options to create a bootable USB flash drive. Change the Volume Label to something more memorable if you want.
5. When ready, press START.
6. Rufus will detect an “ISOHybrid” image. Continue to Write in ISO Image mode.
Clonezilla is a small ISO. Therefore, the bootable USB flash drive creation process doesn’t take long.
At this point, you should connect your second hard drive to your system and make sure it is working with your system. You don’t want to get into the Clonezilla process and realize it isn’t functioning.
The next step requires you to reboot into boot selection mode.
Now you need to reboot your system into boot selection mode. The easiest way to do this is to restart your system, then press the boot menu selection button for your hardware type.
After the boots, you can proceed to set up Clonezilla.
Once Clonezilla boots, you have a few options. Select Clonezilla Live (Default Settings, VGA 800×600). Now, wait for the Clonezilla live environment to load. You will have to choose your keyboard language and layout. When you reach the Start Clonezilla screen, select Start Clonezilla.
You can finally start cloning your drive to a local drive. The best thing about Clonezilla is this.
The beauty of using Clonezilla is that you take a clone of the entire drive, leaving nothing behind. So long as you have enough space on your drive, Clonezilla will always do the job.
Thanks to Clonezilla, you can now clone everything in your entire drive. The thing is, everything that’s cloned is just pretty much stored in another drive. Just like your entire drive, the other drive can fail as well. Just hope both drives don’t fail at the same time.
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