Clonezilla : A free tool for full windows backup

What is Clonezilla?

Clonezilla is a partition and disk imaging/cloning program similar to True Image® or Norton Ghost®. It helps you to do system deployment, bare metal backup and recovery. Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (server edition). Clonezilla live is suitable for single machine backup and restore. While Clonezilla SE is for massive deployment, it can clone many (40 plus!) computers simultaneously. Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the harddisk. This increases the clone efficiency. With some high-end hardware in a 42-node cluster, a multicast restoring at rate 8 GB/min was reported.

Features:

  • Many File systems are supported: (1) ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs, btrfs and f2fs of GNU/Linux, (2) FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS of MS Windows, (3) HFS+ of Mac OS, (4) UFS of FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD, (5) minix of Minix, and (6) VMFS3 and VMFS5 of VMWare ESX. Therefore you can clone GNU/Linux, MS windows, Intel-based Mac OS, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Minix, VMWare ESX and Chrome OS/Chromium OS, no matter it’s 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x86-64) OS. For these file systems, only used blocks in partition are saved and restored. For unsupported file system, sector-to-sector copy is done by dd in Clonezilla.
  • LVM2 (LVM version 1 is not) under GNU/Linux is supported.
  • Boot loader, including grub (version 1 and version 2) and syslinux, could be reinstalled.
  • Both MBR and GPT partition formats of hard drive are supported. Clonezilla live also can be booted on a BIOS or uEFI machine.
  • Unattended mode is supported. Almost all steps can be done via commands and options. You can also use a lot of boot parameters to customize your own imaging and cloning.
  • One image restoring to multiple local devices is supported.
  • Image could be encrypted. This is done with ecryptfs, a POSIX-compliant enterprise cryptographic stacked filesystem.
  • Multicast is supported in Clonezilla SE, which is suitable for massively clone. You can also remotely use it to save or restore a bunch of computers if PXE and Wake-on-LAN are supported in your clients.
  • The image file can be on local disk, ssh server, samba server, NFS server or WebDAV server.
  • AES-256 encryption could be used to secures data access, storage and transfer.
  • Based on Partclone (default), Partimage (optional), ntfsclone (optional), or dd to image or clone a partition. However, Clonezilla, containing some other programs, can save and restore not only partitions, but also a whole disk.
  • By using another free software drbl-winroll, which is also developed by us, the hostname, group, and SID of cloned MS windows machine can be automatically changed.

Minimum System Requirements for Clonezilla live:

  • X86 or x86-64 processor
  • 196 MB of system memory (RAM)
  • Boot device, e.g. CD/DVD Drive, USB port, PXE, or hard drive

Limitations:

  • The destination partition must be equal or larger than the source one.
  • Differential/incremental backup is not implemented yet.
  • Online imaging/cloning is not implemented yet. The partition to be imaged or cloned has to be unmounted.
  • Due to the image format limitation, the image can not be explored or mounted. You can _NOT_ recovery single file from the image. However, you still have workaround to make it, read this.
  • Recovery Clonezilla live with multiple CDs or DVDs is not implemented yet. Now all the files have to be in one CD or DVD if you choose to create the recovery iso file.

License:

  • Clonezilla itself is licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 2. However, to run Clonezilla, a lot of free and open source software, e.g. the Linux kernel, a mininal GNU/Linux OS, are required.

Which Clonezilla Shall I Use ?

  • Clonezilla Live: Clonezilla live allows you to use CD/DVD or USB flash drive to boot and run clonezilla (Unicast only)
  • Clonezilla SE: Clonezilla SE is included in DRBL, therefore a DRBL server must first be set up in order to use Clonezilla to do massively clone (unicast, broadcast and multicast are supported)
Screenshots about Clonezilla
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-> Boot menu of Clonezilla Live (54KB)
-> Submenu (Other modes of Clonezilla live) in the Clonezilla Live boot menu (52KB)
-> Choose language in Clonezilla live (7KB)
-> Keyboard selection in clonezilla live (11KB)
-> Enter clonezilla or shell command (5KB)
-> Device to image or device to device clone (9KB)
-> Setup the clonezilla image home directory (9KB)
-> Choices to save or restore partition/disk in clonezilla. (10KB)
-> Start Clonezilla SE using command “dcs” (90KB)
-> Modes for Clonezilla SE (67KB)
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^TOP^ Boot menu of Clonezilla Live

Boot menu of Clonezilla Live

^TOP^ Submenu (Other modes of Clonezilla live) in the Clonezilla Live boot menu

Submenu (Other modes of Clonezilla live) in the Clonezilla Live boot menu

^TOP^ Choose language in Clonezilla live

Choose language in Clonezilla live

^TOP^ Keyboard selection in clonezilla live

Keyboard selection in clonezilla live

^TOP^ Enter clonezilla or shell command

Enter clonezilla or shell command

^TOP^ Device to image or device to device clone

Device to image or device to device clone

^TOP^ Setup the clonezilla image home directory

Setup the clonezilla image home directory

^TOP^ Choices to save or restore partition/disk in clonezilla.

Choices to save or restore partition/disk in clonezilla.

^TOP^ Start Clonezilla SE using command “dcs”

Start Clonezilla SE using command “dcs”

^TOP^ Modes for Clonezilla SE

Modes for Clonezilla SE

Within 15 minutes transfer your WordPress Blog to New Hosting Server !!

First We need to Backup our existing WordPress blog

Backing up posts, pages, comments, custom fields, terms, navigation menus and custom posts, images and media, plugins & theme (in case of paid ones) comes under Top Priority.

Here I mention the easy steps to follow :
1. Firstly we need to export our wordpress blog in .xml format via freely available export tool in Dashboard. Export all posts, pages, comments, custom fields, terms, navigation menus and custom posts as xml. Download xml file to our local drive.

2. Then backup all images and media files using any ftp client (i used filezilla), login with the given credentials and go to public_html>wp-content. Download folder uploads to our local drive.

3. Regarding theme & plugins, if you have premium, paid ones then you should back them up as well by going to the location public_html>wp-content. Download the folders plugins & themes.

Note: In my case the folder structure is public_html>www.ujjwal.net.np>wp-content because my domain is an addon domain in a hosting server having more than one domains.

 

Now its turn to setup your new blog at the new hosting server 

1. You can install wordpress by using QuickInstall, fantastico auto-installers if provided by the hosting solution or else you can upload and install manually.
2. Then search and install the plugin wordpress importer. Now, import the previously backed up xml file .

To do so, Go To Tools> Import>Wordpress blog.
3. Finally, using a ftp client, upload the previously downloaded folders uploads, themes and plugins to their respective locations inside the location public_html>wp-content 

Wasn’t it simple & fast !!?? .

Note : Even if the blog is migrated and nameservers are changed, keep the blog at old host for about 48-72 hours as DNS propagation may take up to 48-72 hours. When its done, delete the blog at your old host.

Windows 8 Shortcut Keys

The Set of Most Useful Shortcut Keys to get things done in Windows 8

Enjoy Guys :)

  • Win : switch between the Start screen and the last-running Windows 8 app
  • Win + C : displays the Charms: the Settings, Devices, Share and Search options
  • Win + D : launches the desktop
  • Win + E : launches Explorer
  • Win + F : opens the File Search pane
  • Win + H : opens the Share pane
  • Win + I : opens Settings
  • Win + K : opens the Devices pane
  • Win + L : locks your PC
  • Win + M : minimises the current Explorer or Internet Explorer window (works in the full-screen IE, too)
  • Win + O : toggles device orientation lock on and off
  • Win + P : switch your display to a second display or projector
  • Win + Q : open the App Search pane
  • Win + R : opens the Run box
  • Win + U : open the Ease of Access Centre
  • Win + V : cycle through toasts (notifications)
  • Win + W : search your system settings (type POWER for links to all power-related options, say)
  • Win + X : displays a text menu of useful Windows tools and applets
  • Win + Z : displays the right-click context menu when in a full-screen app
  • Win + + : launch Magnifier and zoom in
  • Win + – : zoom out
  • Win + , : Aero peek at the desktop
  • Win + Enter : launch Narrator
  • Win + PgUp : move the current screen to the left-hand monitor
  • Win + PgDn : move the current screen to the right-hand monitor
  • Win + PrtSc : capture the current screen and save it to your Pictures folder
  • Win + Tab : switch between running apps