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October 1, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Computer Repair Tools That I Can’t Live Without (Part 5: Clonezilla)

Hello everyone,

This is part 5 of a series. You can see parts 1,2, 3, and 4  by clicking on the numbers.

How would you like to copy the entire contents of a hard drive and then transfer this exact image to another hard drive? Or how would you like to copy the contents of your hard drive and then reload this exact image back on to your machine whenever you needed to, thus restoring your computer to the state when it was working great?

That is exactly what the FREE program Clonezilla will do for you!!

As a computer repair tech I cannot live without Clonezilla. Do you know how cool it is to tell a client that you have an exact image of his hard drive in case anything goes wrong? What if a client wants to upgrade to a larger capacity  hard drive but wants the exact same things (operating system, files, apps, etc.) on this new drive? What if a clients machine is so messed up that it is time to restore the machine to the state when things were all working smooth?

Clonezilla will do all of this for you and more. FOR FREE!

When I used Clonezilla for the first time I was a bit hesitant because I didn’t know if I could understand the Linux interface (no nice graphical user interface like Acronis True Image Home). I found this great tutorial by Pablo Garcia, followed it to a “T”, and worked my way through Clonezilla without a hitch! Thanks for the help Pablo.

Clonezilla will “save your bacon”, endear you to your clients, and make your repair work much less troublesome.

Professor Randy says: Why pay for expensive cloning software when Clonezilla will do the same thing and more for free? Give Clonezilla a try and you will never pay for cloning software again!




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  • chad
    12:01 am on February 21st, 2012 1

    Hey Prof. haven’t played with clone but just once or twice, does it support compression or is the image gonna take up the whole size of the hdd? I currently use ghost 14.0 and I love that you can mount the image inside of windows just like you would a cd iso file.


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