Although free disk imaging sounds enticing, Clonezilla Live is
only for more advanced users. The program runs off of a Linux Live
CD (or USB flash drive), and it worked perfectly for me. But to be
blunt: The Linux command line and character-based dialog UI makes
Image‘s character-based GUI, which most people find
intimidating, look like Mac OS X.
Clonezilla Live is actually a locally bootable implementation of
Clonezilla Server Edition, a program based on several Linux
utilities, whose raison d’etre is rolling out workstation
installations across a network. The authors claim they cloned a
5.6GB image to 41 workstations using multi-casting across a network
in about 10 minutes. I have no reason to doubt them so that makes
the CSE a handy alternative to pay programs such as Norton Ghost
for IT departments.
As I said, Clonezilla Live worked perfectly for me and there’s
no complaining about the price. However, most users will be far
better off with something that’s easier to use, such as the free
versions of Macrium Reflect or
Todo Backup. If you do wind up using Clonezilla Live, the
authors accept donations.
–Jon L. Jacobi