Clonezilla system imaging and backup software review and features


Read the review of the free system imaging software Clonezilla. Know what this open source software is capable of and how it is the best tool for it pros to take care of the professional backup and imaging needs.

Very similar to Redo Backup and Recovery, Clonezilla is also not a program that needs to be installed, it is another bootable environment which can be launched from a CD or USB flash drive.

Clonezilla is incredibly powerful too. It is able to create an image out of a drive, restore it as an image in one drive, or in multiples at the same time, clone a drive by copying one drive to another one.

Clonezilla is more focused on providing advanced options which may sound like "run unattended Clonezilla via PXE booting". It is not at all complicated and probably can come out to be one of the best free disk cloning software around - but of course the program isn't an ideal one for the beginners, it is better to let only the experienced users to handle the software before leaving it on the hands of amateurs.
Sub tool menu Clonezilla

Key Features


Clonezilla Software comes Free with a lot of technical facilities and key features. Its Filesystem supports FAT, NTFS of MS Windows, ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs, xfs, jfs of GNU/Linux, and HFS+ of open source tool created as an assimilation of many tools ultimately creating an efficient piece of software, which is networkable and can clone up a single or up to forty machines at a time.

Clonezilla is ideal for any IT pro individual or a company who is looking for a reliable and cost-effective tool to image and restore their machines safely and in no time.

Clonezilla does not only make the entire process of cloning systems through an easy affair. Further it modifies the process in a more flexible manner by letting the user clone to an USB-attached device, a local disk or a networked share. And as Clonezilla can clone both a single machine or up to forty at a time, it becomes one of the favourite solutions that one can use in any environment carrying about any size of data.

Pros

  • It is Free and open source

  • Clonezilla supports numerous file systems at a time.

  • It gives LVM2 support

  • It also extends Multicast support to the system.

  • Clonezilla is a advanced software that is CLI based software.

Cons

  • What one can face as the biggest problem in Clonezilla is the downside of its interface. In most cases users are that habituated to the cursor-based interface, so it may often be the case in the initial stage that they feel a bit unsure about the usage of the CLI based tool.

  • The other issue is that till now there is no facility of getting differential and incremental backup in the package.

  • Finally the most disappointing drawback is the lack of support which is a obvious thing while dealing with open source software.

Wrap Up


If one is looking for a flexible yet solid, reliable and quick disk imaging tool Clonezilla can be the one that will suit perfect for your purpose. Though it is not offering any back up support when something goes wrong, but it is connected to a widespread open source community that can share their plethora of knowledge and skill to bring you out of a fix. Clonezilla can always be a good choice for anyone who requires a solid backup system, but is capable of working through without much support.


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