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 onto another disk or into a disk image.

Name Operating system User interface Sector by sector[a] File by file[b] Hot transfer[c] Mount or extract[d] Operation model License Purchase/subscription
Standalone Client–server From a Live OS
Acronis Cyber Protect Home Office[1] Windows Graphical Yes[e] FAT32, NTFS, HFS+, APFS, ext2, ext3, ext4 and ReiserFS[2] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (64 MB) Trialware[f] $49.99/yr and up
Apple Software Restore macOS Command-line Yes HFS+ No via hdiutil Yes Yes No Part of macOS
Clonezilla[3] 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[4] Yes Yes (Clonezilla server edition) Yes (210 MB) GPL
dcfldd Linux Command-line Yes No No Yes Yes No ? GPL
dd (Unix) Unix Command-line Yes No No Yes[g] Yes No Yes[h] GPLv3
Disks (gnome-disk-utility) Linux Graphical UI only Part of Gnome
Disk Utility macOS Graphical Yes HFS+ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Part of macOS
FSArchiver Linux Text-based No FAT32, btrfs, ext2, ext3, ext4, ReiserFS-4, HPFS, JFS, XFS ? ? Yes No ? GPL
Ghost[5] Windows Graphical,
Yes FAT32, NTFS, HPFS, ext2, ext3[6] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Trialware
GParted Live CD[7] Linux Graphical No ext2, ext3 No No Yes No Yes GPL
Image for Windows[8] 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] ReFS[11] No Yes Yes No Yes Trialware
Kleo Bare Metal Backup Independent (Live OS) Graphical Yes FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3, HFS+ No ? No Yes Yes (570 MB) Freeware
Macrium Reflect Windows Graphical Yes ? No Yes No No Yes Separate Freeware and Trialware versions Varies
Mondo Rescue[12] Linux Text-based Yes FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3 Yes ? Yes ? Yes *[i] GPL
ntfsclone[13][14] Linux Command-line No NTFS ? ? Yes No No[j] GPL
partimage[15][16] Linux Text-based No FAT32, ext2, ext3, ReiserFS-3, HPFS, JFS, XFS;
UFS (beta), HFS (beta), NTFS (experimental)[17]
? ? Yes Yes No[j] GPL
Partition-Saving[18] Windows, Linux, DOS Text-based
Yes FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3 No Yes Yes No Yes Freeware
Redo Rescue Independent (Live OS) Graphical Yes FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3, ext4 No No No Can access networked drives Yes (225 MB) GPL

See also[edit]





  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, at the user's discretion. Mounting a disk image is the process of making 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. ^ At the trial version, you can't perform Disk Cloning feature via UI nor Rescue disc. Both methods are locked.
  7. ^ dd's clone images can be mounted as loop device.
  8. ^ 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).
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ 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. ^ Zhidkov, D. A., Kuligina, N. O., & Pavlycheva, T. N. (2020). METHODS AND PROBLEMS OF UPDATING THE MICROSOFT WINDOWS 7 OPERATING SYSTEM TO MICROSOFT WINDOWS 10 IN THE ENERGY ENTERPRISE. European Journal of Natural History, (6), 30-34.
  2. ^ Bate, Madeleine. "Acronis True Image Review 2021: Is the High Cost Worth It?" Website Planet, WebsitePlanet, 10 May 2021,
  3. ^ Clonezilla home page (includes supported filesystems and other info)
  4. ^ "[ubuntu] How to Mount Clonezilla Images".
  5. ^ "Norton Ghost". Symantec. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Ghost compatibility with various file systems". Archived from the original on 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2017-01-19.
  7. ^ "GParted Live CD". Retrieved 7 April 2013.
  8. ^ TeraByte Image for Windows home page
  9. ^ Clone a drive or partition with IsoBuster, Managed or otherwise
  10. ^ IsoBuster 4.3 Release notes
  11. ^ IsoBuster 4.8 Release notes
  12. ^ "MondoRescue HOWTO".
  13. ^ About ntfsclone Archived 2008-02-21 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ ntfsclone(8) man page Archived 2008-07-06 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Partimage home page". Archived from the original on 2017-02-08. Retrieved 2008-05-26.
  16. ^ Partimage supported filesystems
  17. ^ "Partimage - Supported filesystems".
  18. ^ Partition-Saving manual