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Windows 7: Clonezilla Open-Source Image Backup

29 Aug 2011   #61

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
The first selection on the screen shot of step 14 saves the entire hard drive as an image. It then restores all of the partitions contained in the image created.
Yes but why I should save the whole hard disk instead of only 10% of it.
That would be a waste of space and time.
The described approach should save time and space.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
There is a lot involved in setting up an OS that normal copy cannot do. Normal file copy cannot access system files (in the same way some defraggers cannot move system files) in order to move, or save, or restore them. It cannot set up the system registry. That is why backup and image software is necessary.
Yes, but copying a non active System does not restrict the access to the files as the live system does not care about the "type" of files. In the same way live systems can easily defrag other systems partition without restrictions.

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29 Aug 2011   #62

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MPREv View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
The first selection on the screen shot of step 14 saves the entire hard drive as an image. It then restores all of the partitions contained in the image created.
Yes but why I should save the whole hard disk instead of only 10% of it.
That would be a waste of space and time.
The described approach should save time and space.
In describing the outcome of my test situation, here is what I reported: "Clonezilla saved my 12.5GB Windows partition to 6.78GB and the 105MB boot partition to 9.75MB."

Clonezilla does not save empty space. It saves the data as an image. I suggest you try it to see what size image is actually created from all the data on your hard drive?

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
There is a lot involved in setting up an OS that normal copy cannot do. Normal file copy cannot access system files (in the same way some defraggers cannot move system files) in order to move, or save, or restore them. It cannot set up the system registry. That is why backup and image software is necessary.
Yes, but copying a non active System does not restrict the access to the files as the live system does not care about the "type" of files. In the same way live systems can easily defrag other systems partition without restrictions.
Then try it and see how it works?

Let us know what happens!

Cheers!
Robert
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30 Aug 2011   #63

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
In describing the outcome of my test situation, here is what I reported: "Clonezilla saved my 12.5GB Windows partition to 6.78GB and the 105MB boot partition to 9.75MB."
Hmm, but this ist still not a full HDD image.
You would have to create the adequate partitions to restore the images of each partition, if you formated the whole hard drive to other sizes partitions.
That is what I'm ponting at.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by iseeuu View Post
Clonezilla does not save empty space. It saves the data as an image. I suggest you try it to see what size image is actually created from all the data on your hard drive?
But there is no "emty" space. Just space I don't want to save in an image.
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08 Jan 2013   #64

Windows 7 64Bit
 
 

I just used this for the first time last night, what a life-saver. Easier to use than i first thought when i started it up.

Great, great program. Kinda funny it runs on Linux
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11 Jan 2014   #65

windows7 64-bit
 
 

I am new to cloning drives and am a bit confused.

My current SSD is 120Gb with no partitions and has a freshly Windows7 installed.

If I use Clonezilla to clone this Windows 7 installation, I would only get the option to image the entire drive or partitions on it this drive right? But in my case the 120Gb disk has no partitions. So if I use Clonezilla it will copy also the 113Gb empty space but only save the data-part (windows installation) to the result image, which would roughly be 13Gb. Am I right?. So I could cram this "120Gb image"to a 16Gb usb-stick for backup. Is this correct?

Second question: If I were to restore the image to the same 120 Gb drive again there would be no problem whatever the case (no brainer). I understand. But what if I should decide to put this image back not to my current 120Gb drive but to a smaller 64Gb SSD. (because I want to clone my current Windows7 installation on this 120Gb SSD, to a smaller 64Gb SSD), Will the image restore fail?

I just want Clonezilla to image my Windows 7 installation part of my current 120 SSD. Which is about 13Gb, not the whole SSD disk of 120Gb including 117Gb empty space. What should I do.

I don't like to make partitions btw (I will if I have to though) because I have never done this before. Afraid it could split data between partitions in the process (don't know if that is possible at all but just precautious before someone says duh ofcourse it does split the data you are spliiting the drive are you not and data can be scattered across the disk!).

Thanks.
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