How to Backup and Restore your Computer(s) FREE!

There are far too many tools you can pay for to backup and restore your computers out there but for those of you looking to save a dime, perhaps because you run your own business, you might want to look into Clonezilla, which allows you to backup multiple computers (like upto 41) in just 10 minutes.

Clonezilla, based on DRBL, Partclone and udpcast, allows you to do bare metal backup and recovery. Two types of Clonezilla are available, Clonezilla live and Clonezilla SE (server edition). Clonezilla live is suitable for single machine backup and restore. While Clonezilla SE is for massive deployment, it can clone many (40 plus!) computers simultaneously. Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the harddisk. This increases the clone efficiency. At the NCHC’s Classroom C, Clonezilla SE was used to clone 41 computers simultaneously. It took only about 10 minutes to clone a 5.6 GBytes system image to all 41 computers via multicasting!

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