Disk Cloning

Polytropon freebsd at edvax.de
Mon Sep 28 19:38:09 UTC 2009

On Mon, 28 Sep 2009 01:14:44 -0500, Chris <racerx at makeworld.com> wrote:
> Please suggest a cloning method comparable to Clonezilla.

For FreeBSD, I'd tend to use dump + restore, because that's
their main purpose.

> Clonezilla does a nice job with OS's other than *BSD (It uses dd (iirc))
> and that takes forever (at least when cloning - have not tried a
> restore). 

You haven't tried restoring? You should, it's worth it, because
what's the value of a backup that cannot be restored? :-)

> Some specs I'm using to compare: A typical restore/save currently with
> other OS's using CloneZ takes about 12 minutes with a simple boot from
> CD.
> The restored/imaged drive is 400 meg sata.

Well, dump + restore isn't known for ultimate performance, but
its results are good; dd, on the other hand, is another possible
way to go. The advantage of dd is that it can be used with any

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