Comparison of disk cloning software

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This is a partial comparison list of disk cloning software, computer programs that can copy the contents of one disk into another disk or into a disk image. Note that this list has not been updated in a few years, so it is missing many programs.


Name Operating system User interface Sector by sector[a] File by file[b] Hot transfer[c] Mount or extract[d] Verify Operation model License Maintained? Last version release date
Standalone Client–server Offline
(From a Live OS)
Acronis True Image[1] Windows Graphical Yes[e] FAT32, NTFS[f] Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes (64 MB) Trialware[g] Yes ?
Apple Software Restore OS X Command-line Yes HFS+ No via hdiutil ? Yes Yes ? Part of macOS ? ?
Clonezilla[2] Linux Text-based Yes FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3, ext4, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs, btrfs, f2fs, nilfs2, HFS+, UFS, minix, VMFS3 No Through a hack[3] ? Yes Yes (Clonezilla server edition) Yes (210 MB) GPL Yes January 2019
dcfldd Linux Command-line Yes No No Yes ? Yes No ? GPL ? ?
dd (Unix) Unix Command-line Yes No No Yes[h] ? Yes No Yes[i] BSD/CDDL/GNU/others ? ?
Disk Utility OS X Graphical Yes HFS+ Yes Yes ? Yes No Yes Part of Mac OS X ? ?
FSArchiver Linux Text-based No FAT32, btrfs, ext2, ext3, ext4, ReiserFS-4, HPFS, JFS, XFS ? ? ? Yes No ? GPL ? ?
Ghost v15[4] Windows Graphical
Yes FAT32, NTFS, HPFS, ext2, ext3 [5] Yes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes Trialware ? ?
GParted Live CD[6] Linux Graphical No ext2, ext3 No No ? Yes No Yes GPL Yes ?
HDClone[7] Windows, (Linux[8]) Graphical, Command-line Yes FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS, ReFS, ext2, ext3, ext4, XFS, HFS+ Yes Yes ? Yes No Yes Freemium Yes January 2017
Image for Windows Windows Graphical Yes FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3 Yes Yes ? Yes No Yes Trialware ? ?
IsoBuster[9] Windows Graphical Yes FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS, ext2, ext3, ext4, MFS, HFS, HFS+, UDF, XFS[10] No Yes ? Yes No Yes Trialware Yes June 2019
Kleo Bare Metal Backup Independent (Live OS) Graphical Yes FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3, HFS+ No ? ? No Yes Yes (570 MB) Freeware ? February 2010
Mondo Rescue[11] Linux Text-based Yes FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3 Yes ? ? Yes ? Yes *[j] GPL ? ?
ntfsclone[12][13] Linux Command-line No NTFS ? ? ? Yes No No[k] GPL ? ?
partimage[14][15] Linux Text-based No FAT32, ext2, ext3, ReiserFS-3, HPFS, JFS, XFS;
UFS (beta), HFS (beta), NTFS (experimental)[16]
? ? ? Yes Yes No[k] GPL ? ?
Partition-Saving[17] Windows, Linux, DOS Text-based
Yes FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3 No Yes ? Yes No Yes Freeware Yes april 2019
Redo Backup and Recovery Independent (Live OS) Graphical Yes FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3, ext4 No No ? No Can access networked drives Yes (225 MB) GPL ? November 2012

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  1. ^ Sector-by-sector transfer involves accessing the disk directly and copying the contents of each sector, thus accurately reproducing the layout of the source disk.
  2. ^ File-based transfer (as opposed to sector-by-sector transfer), involves opening all files and copying their contents, one by one. It requires the cloning utility to have a knowledge of the file systems on the source disk. The target disk's layout may not resemble that of the source disk.
  3. ^ Hot transfer refers to copying the contents of a volume on which there are open files in use. Implies use of shadow copy or a similar technique.
  4. ^ Extracting is the process of browsing a disk image and retrieving some of the files that it contains, one users choice. Mounting a disk image is the process of make the disk image content available to the user as if he or she is accessing a physical read-only disk.
  5. ^ At the Disk Cloning mode, Sector by sector feature is automatically applied and it's the only one way.
  6. ^ Acronis True Image can detect and identify Linux partitions and prompt user to switch to sector-by-sector mode.
  7. ^ At tne trial version, you can't perform Disk Cloning feature via UI nor Rescue disc. Both methods are locked.
  8. ^ dd's clone images can be mounted as loop device.
  9. ^ There is no Live OS dedicated specially to dd. However Live CDs of various flavors of Linux should include dd as a part of coreutils. In general this applies also to Linux-based rescue CDs (although they may not provide dd explicitly as their primary tool, they still may give access to a shell which allows dd invocation).
  10. ^ There is no ready-to-use Live CD with this utility. It does come bundled with Mindi-Linux which is a small Linux distribution that can be used to create a customized Live CD.
  11. ^ a b There is no Live CD dedicated specially to this utility. However, it is present on several rescue CD's together with other software.


  1. ^ "Datasheet – True Image 2013 by Acronis". Acronis. 7 August 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  2. ^ Clonezilla home page (includes supported filesystems and other info)
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Norton Ghost". Symantec. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "GParted Live CD". Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  7. ^ HDClone product page (includes a comparison chart and additional documents)
  8. ^ HDClone/L as 2nd Live OS for the stand-alone version since HDClone 7.
  9. ^ Clone a drive or partition with IsoBuster, Managed or otherwise
  10. ^ IsoBuster 4.3 Release notes
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ About ntfsclone Archived 2008-02-21 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ ntfsclone(8) man page Archived 2008-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "Partimage home page". Archived from the original on 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  15. ^ Partimage supported filesystems
  16. ^
  17. ^ Partition-Saving manual