Clone a Disk Using Clonezilla

How to Clone a Disk Using Clonezilla

In this article, I will explain how to clone a disk using Clonezilla. If you would like to migrate HDD to SSD to get a super speed, you may need to use Clonezilla.

Clonezilla is an open-source hard disk cloning software. It is used to create exactly an exact copy of a bootable hard disk. In order to use Clonezilla, you will need a Clonezilla bootable USB flash or a Clonezilla CD/DVD, as well as a spare hard drive.

Using an HDD on your system may cause the machine to run slowly. However, in terms of performance, the hard disk works not well. To get the supper performance, you need to install the system on an SSD.
Using Clonezilla live to start the disk cloning. Please ensure your SSD has been connected to your system and then follow the below steps to start Clonezilla cloning HDD to SSD.

Clone a Disk Using Clonezilla

Boot your system from the Clonezilla bootable USB drive or CD/DVD.
After booting your system from the bootable USB drive, select Clonezilla lives and then hit Enter.

Clonezilla live

Select a language and then press Enter.

Clonezilla language

Leave the default keyboard layout, and click ok.

Clonezilla keyboard configuration

Click on start Clonezilla and click ok.

Start clonezilla

Select a clone mode to continue, clone HDD to SSD in Windows, select the option of device-device work directly from a disk or partition to a disk or partition and hit Enter.

Device device clone clonezilla

Click on Beginner Beginner mode and hit enter.

Beginner mode clonezilla

To clone the entire hard disk to SSD, you need to select the option of disk_to_local_disk local_disk and then click ok.

Local disk clone clonezilla

Choose the local disk as the source (The source drive containing the data) you wish to clone to another drive and then press enter.

Clone a disk clonezilla source

HDD is a source drive and SSD is a destination drive.
Choose the destination disk and then hit enter.

Clonezilla target disk

Default setting press enter.

Extra parameter clonezilla -sfsck

Select the action to perform after the cloning is complete. Options are available including choose, reboot, or power off. (You can select any option).
Choose the action to perform when everything is completed (choose, reboot, or power off). Hit enter and then again press enter to continue.

Disk to local disk clonezilla

Type Y and then hit enter to confirm the cloning process.
Type Y again to re-confirm and then hit enter to close the boot loader.

Clone a disk clonezilla warning

Now, Clonezilla starting cloning a hard drive to an SSD.

Clone a disk partclone

Press enter

Clone a disk using clonezilla

After cloning, you may shut down the system.

Clonezilla choose mode poweroff

Now remove your old hard drive and insert the SSD into the original location. Then, run your system from the SSD.

Written by Jamil Parvez

Jamil Pervez works as a Network Administrator, based in Kuwait with a Primary focus on Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Certified MCSE, MCTP, MCITP, CCNP, CCIP, CCVP with 20 years of experience in administering Windows Servers, Exchange, VMWare, Veeam B&R, Veritas BackupExec.

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