Windows Backup -- Clonezilla -- any takers ??

  1. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Windows Backup -- Clonezilla -- any takers ??


    Hi there.

    I've been using Clonezilla to backup Linux systems successfully for a while (including UEFI). I've seen it also supports Windows (NTFS) partitions too.

    Anybody tried Clonezilla for backing up / restoring Windows. I usually use Acronis for Windows but really don't like the NEW interface. Seems all programs become overbloated and full of "Feature itus" once they've passed a "sweet point". I don't like all this exhortation to sign up to Cloud backup etc so I'm looking for alternatives.

    In extreme I can always mount the Windows partitions and use the DD command - but it's very easy to make a mistake and destroy the system !!!.

    Note to Linux users - Clonezilla isn't intended for LVM systems. I avoid LVM like the plague anyway. Nothing wrong with the good old EXT4 system.

    Free Macrium works too but windows. I'd like a tool that works on ALL systems. Then I can set up a VM running the Clonezilla stand alone system and get it to do backups.

    Incidentally you can set up a VM to run free macrium too but attaching external HDD's to the VM seems to give problems. The idea of using a VM is to save booting the stand alone media. !! It's much easier to fire up a VM.
    Tip here when using one of these stand alone programs as a VM.

    If you can't ADD an external drive to the VM simply define the VM as having a second HDD and backup / restore to the 2nd Virtual drive and copy to external HDD later. You need the ist Virtual HDD for the program to boot and run from.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  2. labeeman's Avatar
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    Hi Jimbo
    I also use Clonezilla but mainly for cloning HDD to SDD that way I have a HDD as a back up.
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  3. jimbo45's Avatar
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    Hi there

    I find also DD works (even for backing up Windows partitions)

    However ensure you have pv installed so you can monitor the progress - otherwise DD doesn't show anything until it's finished which could be a couple of hours.

    So YUM install pv (or apt get or whatever package manager you use). pv is the Linux / Unix Pipe viewer.

    Then to clone or copy

    as root : pv -tpreb /dev/sda | dd of=/dev/sdb bs=128M conv=notrunc,noerror

    Will copy ANY file system (apart from LVM type disks - well it will copy but system won't boot so I'd avoid LVM where possible)

    input HDD = /dev/sda, output HDD = /dev/sdb -

    Now you will see DD with progress indicator.

    cheers
    jimbo
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    jimbo45 said:
    I avoid LVM like the plague anyway.
    You like Storage Spaces though - that is essentially the same thing isn't it?
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