How To: Backup/Recovery Using Live CDs/Boot Disc

This post is part of the series:

The Complete Linux Backup Guide 2013


This part of “The Complete Linux Backup Guide” for 2013 showcases a few of the popular Boot Disc / Recovery Live CD options for Backup and Recovery.  Again, like other lists this is always ongoing, and welcome to suggestions and changes.  If you have a Live Recovery CD that you would love to share, please post below in the comments.


Clonezilla is my personal favorite software.   It is also multi-platform.  Keeping a minimalist design, Clonezilla has been on of the leading Backup/Recovery options for many users at the pre-bootup level.  You can clone many computers at once, similar to using Symantec’s Ghost product.  But shhhh…we don’t speak of Symantec 🙂  The primary benefit of Clonezilla Live is that it eliminates the need to set up a DRBL server ahead of time and the need for the computer being cloned to boot from a network. Clonezilla Live can be used to clone individual computers using a CD/DVD or USB flash drive. Though the image size is limited by the boot media’s storage capacity, this problem can be eliminated by using a network filesystem such as sshfs or samba.  The software can be found here.


PartImage boot menu

Partimage is another indispensable  bootable backup/recovery software program that may seem cumbersome to new Linux users, just as much as Clonezilla if not, more.  It saves partitions having a supported filesystem on a sector basis to an image file. Although it runs under Linux, Windows and most Linux filesystems are supported. The image file can be compressed to save disk space and transfer time and can be split into multiple files to be copied to CDs or DVDs.  Head on over to the Partimage site to grab a copy.

That’s all for now.   If you want to share any of your favorites, please post them below:



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