It’s recommend that old or complex research computers are cloned using the HD imaging software Clonezilla, and the cloned image saved to RDSF space.

Research Computers to Clone:

  • Old research computers
  • If the Research software install files have been lost.
  • Research system with complex configurations.
    • Don’t clone Managed Systems

  • Only clone OS+software - NO DATA


  • Clonezilla is FREE    (GNU General Public License (GPL) Version 2)
  • Clonezilla can clone directly to an attached HD or to a file server.
  • The clone images can then be used to restore the original when needed.
  • Clones can be made of MS windows (FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS), Intel-based Mac OS and GNU/Linux, plus both 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x86-64) OS.

Cloning Steps:

  • Apply for Research Data Storage to store cloned images.   (
    1. Register as a Data Steward
    2. Complete form for Project
      Name of Project:     Research_PC_Imaging-”department/workshop’’
      Amount of Storage (TB):  1
      Number of Copies to be held:      single copy
      Estimated Start Date of Project:
      Estimated Duration of the Project(year):    5
      Estimate Lifetime of Data(year):    5
      Usernames (list all usernames include your username):
      Do You Wish to Request a Freedom of Information Exemption:  No
      Does the data contain identifiable personal information:   No
      storage Export Method: Windows/Mac
      I confirm that all the machines connected to the storage have adequate virus protection: tick
      Security level of Data;                  Public Access
      Brief summary of Project: "We need a storage area to keep research computer hard disk drive images to be able to restore research systems where the software installation(s) are complicated and not easy to reinstall quickly."
    3. Create bootable Clonezilla CD or USB . (see below)
    4. If possible, run virus scanner before cloning.
    5. Use External HD to initially store images before moving to RDSF.  (give the external HD a unique name to help with identification later in the process)
    6. Complete Hardware/Software Summary text file Clonezilla.txt (right click and select save target as) and save with image on RDSF. (IMPORTANT! record the Hard-drive size)
    7. Download and print Clonezilla Instructions.pdf
    8. Copy image from external HD to RDSF
    9. Copy Hardware/Software Summary text file to the same folder on the RDSF.




Create Clonezilla CD/USB


Clonezilla CD

  1. Download from the stable release image
  2. Select Options AMD64 and ISO, then click download
  3. Once the ISO is download burn ISO to blank CD, further details visit

Create Clonezilla USB (using tuxboot)

  1. Download the latest version of Tuxboot for MS Windows computer from
  2. Insert USB memory, note drive letter.
  3. Run the tuxboot-0.8.3.exe program (needs admin rights) and follow the instructions in the GUI to install Clonezilla Live on USB flash drive.
  4. Check Distribution is clonezilla_live_stable and current (default settings)
  5. Check Type is set to USB Drive
  6. Check Drive is the correct letter.
  7. Test with reboot

Last update 16/10/2015