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Use CloneZilla to backup the system partition of Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit)

posted Oct 23, 2012, 2:32 PM by Teng-Yok Lee
Before I mainly used SAVEPART to backup my system partition to image files. Nevertheless, because I cannot backup my system partition when the system is on, I must boot my machine into another OS. Before I used DOS in order to run SAVEPART, but DOS can only access FAT32. As the maximal partition size provided by FAT32 is 32GB, it is not enough to hold my system partition anymore. As a result, I need a new solution.

At the end I choose CloneZilla (http://clonezilla.org/). One benefit of CloneZilla is that it provides clear instruction to build a bootable USB for it, which makes life easier (so I do not need to burn lots of CD/DVD just for trial-and-error). The following is the procedure I tried:

1. Download the CloneZilla image:

http://clonezilla.org/downloads.php

The version I used is stable releases (.iso/.zip) - 1.2.12-67.

2. Create the bootable USB stick with CloneZilla. You can follow the instruction in the URL below.

http://clonezilla.org/liveusb.php

I used tuxboot to create the USB stick. which is very straightforward by following the GUI.

3. Now reboot the machine in order to save or restore the images. It is very similar to other disk backup software (Norton GHOST, SAVEPART, etc). You can also refer to the screen snapshots here:

http://clonezilla.org/screenshots/?in_path=/00_Clonezilla





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