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Review: CloneZilla 1.2

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CloneZilla is a live bootable Linux distribution with the intent to make it as easy as possible to clone one drive to another; this can be either on a standalone computer, or across a network to one or more other computers. This is a good tool for system administrators wishing to deploy a single Linux setup across multiple machines, just as it is a good tool for home users to backup or migrate their files and operating systems between drives. So how good is it?

CloneZilla is an administrative tool designed not to be pretty, but to do a job and get it done well. As a result, you'll find yourself looking at a lot of text based windows, rather than graphical tools. Getting started, the disk boots into an interesting grub menu with some curious options. They include: "CloneZilla Live" with three video resolution settings (1024x768, 800x600, and 640x480) and three utility settings (To ram, safe graphics mode, and failsafe mode); "Boot to local OS" (if available); memory test using memtest86+; freedos; and two network boot modes (etherboot and gPXE).

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