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Attack of the Backup: Clonezilla Linux Rampages Over Disaster Recovery

Nov 28, 2010, 15:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe 'Zonker' Brockmeier)

"Disaster recovery and backups are the "eat your vegetables" of the IT world. Most folks just don't get excited about backups, or do it often enough. Buck the trend with Clonezilla, a Linux distribution that makes it dead easy to clone and restore systems.

"Clonezilla is similar to Norton Ghost, but it's free software (GPL) and it's good for cloning Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, and UNIX systems — to name just a few. It supports a ton of filesystems, and will resort to direct (dd) copying for filesystems it doesn't support.

"Imaging vs. Backups

"Clonezilla images your system — which means that it basically takes a complete snapshot of your filesystem as-is. This has some advantages and disadvantages."

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