What is Clonezilla?
Clonezilla is a free and open source software for disk imaging and cloning. It absorbed the merits of both Norton Ghost and Partition Image. It not only supports to clone the whole system, but also do bare metal backup/recovery. It is very flexible for users.
Clonezilla supports many file systems including ext2/ext3/reiserfs/xfs/jfs; Meanwhile, it supports FAT/NTFS on Windows system, which means you can use Clonezilla to clone not only for GNU/Linux, but Windows operating system including Windows 10/8/7. Besides, Clonezilla can make a Multicast clone with PXEBoot, Which has a great useful for cloning a large number of system.
Clonezilla has two versions - Clonezilla Live and Clonezilla SE. Clonezilla Live is designed for machines without installation. It can operate through the LiveDistro on the medium like CD/DVD/USB, or the unicast service. Clonezilla SE uses the multicast to clone multiple disk. Clonezilla cloning fast because it only clone the used part, but it keeping the same size of disk or partition so that it can create a real clone.
Tips: All versions of Clonezilla live support machine with legacy BIOS. If your machine comes with UEFI secure boot enabled, you have to use other alternative to Clonezilla live.
How to Use Clonezilla for Windows 7?
To use Clonezilla, you need to download Clonezilla Live first, and burn it to CD, then boot the computer from the CD. At the first step, just click Enter.
Then, you can follow the guide to select language; choose the way your keyboard is laid out. Then, you can start to use Clonezilla to do clone for your Windows operating system including Windows 7.
However, cloning with Clonezilla need a lot of steps which makes users confused and there are some limitations. For example, the destination partition must be equal or larger than the source one. In other words, you cannot clone larger drive to smaller drive via Clonezilla. Fortunately, there is other software that can replace Clonezilla.
AOMEI Backupper is a great powerful software which provides you with two ways to clone for Windows 7 and other Windows PC OS: disk clone or system clone. To clone Windows 7 with AOMEI Backupper, you can follow the steps list below.
Step 1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Professional, click System Clone under the Clone tab.
Step 2. By default, system drive and boot related partitions are selected. Here you need to select a destination space to put in your clone files. Select it and click Next.
Step 3. Here you will move to the Operation Summary, where you can confirm the information of your operation. If there is no problem, click Start Clone to launch the progress.
Step 4. Wait for the process completes. Replace the old drive with the new one, or change boot order in BIOS to boot from the new disk.
Notes: On the bottom of this page, you can see there are two box you can check.
Sector by sector clone: it will clone every byte of the source partition, which we do not recommend you tick it because it will take a lot of time and occupy more space on your destination space.
SSD Alignment: the function can optimize the performance of SSD, so, if your destination space is an SSD, here we highly recommend you check it, because it will optimize the read and write speed of your SSD.
Using AOMEI Backupper to clone for Windows PC users is simpler and easier. It is a good Windows 7 clone free software. Actually, AOMEI Backupper has many other functions that Clonezilla cannot reach. Such as create system backup image for Windows 7, synchronize files between two computers, etc.