Hardware failure is a norm rather than an exception. Like any other hardware, a disk drive also fails, for a variety of reasons, such as power loss, manufacturing faults, usual wear and tear, etc. To recover from any kind of disastrous disk failure, you need to clone or back up your hard drives. For example, dd command is one simple option in Linux environment.
Clonezilla is a feature-rich and user-friendly disk cloning and backup software which is under GPL. Clonezilla provides a convenient interface for cloning a disk/partition to another local device, or archiving a cloned image to an external SSH/Samba/NFS server. You can also run Clonezilla on a standalone DRBL server to clone a large deployment of networked computers simultaneously.
In this tutorial, I will describe how to clone/back up hard drives and restore them with Clonezilla in an end-user environment. Read More