Something about Clonezilla
Clonezilla is a partition and disk imaging & cloning program similar to Norton Ghost. It helps you to do system deployment, bare metal backup and recovery. There are two types of Clonezilla available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (server edition). Clonezilla live Windows category allows you to use CD/DVD or USB flash drive to boot and run clonezilla (Unicast only). Yet 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). The former is suitable for single machine backup and restore, while the latter is used to massive deployment, up to 40 computers simultaneously according to its official website.
Limitations of Clonezilla in Windows 8/7/8.1/10
Clonezilla supports many kinds of file system in different operating systems. However, this article will merely discuss Clonezilla in Windows OS. You have several points to pay attention to about Windows Clonezilla while doing disk/partition imaging, cloning, and recovery. Firstly, the destination partition must be equal or larger than the source one. Secondly, differential and incremental backup is not implemented. Thirdly, due to the image format limitation, the image cannot be explored or mounted. You cannot recover single file from the image. You can clone Windows 7 system with Clonezilla regularly, and restore the system image when unexpected situation occurs. Nevertheless, the system cannot boot successfully most time on the basis of the feedback of its users.
Those limitations and flaws aren’t core problems, but somehow they are affecting your experience of using computer. For instance, you have to prepare large capacity drive to store image created by Clonezilla because it lacks of incremental and differential backup features. Also, you cannot recover individual file from the image means you have to restore the entire image every single time. Under such circumstance, you will need alternative to Clonzilla on Windows.
Clonezilla alternative in Windows 10/8/8.1/7
AOMEI Backupper Standard is free backup, recovery, and clone software for PC users. It provides incremental & differential backup, selective files restore, system clone, and intelligent clone, which take care of all the disadvantages of Clonezilla in Windows. It allows you to clone HDD to external drive as well. With intelligent clone feature, AOMEI Backupper helps you clone hard drive with bad sectors. The Server edition of AOMEI Backupper offers more advanced features than Clonezilla in Windows Server 2012/2008. Download this software to manage your partition and disk adequately.
Incremental backup system with Clonezilla alternative
Step1. Click Backup tab, and then select System Backup.
Step2. Choose the destination location because the system and its related part are selected by default.
Step3. Check Schedule box. Incremental Backup option is chose by default.
Step4. Click Start Backup.
Tips: You can encrypt, compress, or splitting your backup image by clicking Backup Options.
AOMEI Backupper is definitely your best choice of Clonzilla in Windows OS. You can as well clone system to another hard drive with this software and boot it from the target drive successfully. Other features like create bootable rescue media, dissimilar hardware restore, disk image for Windows 8/10/7 and so on are embedded in AOMEI Backupper.