Comparison of disk cloning software

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This is a comparison of disk cloning software, computer programs that can copy the contents of one disk into 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
Standalone Client–server Offline
(From a Live OS)
Acronis True Image[1] Windows Graphical Yes FAT32, NTFS[e] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (64 MB) Trialware
AOMEI Backupper[2][3] Windows Graphical Yes FAT32, NTFS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Freemium
Apple Software Restore OS X Command-line Yes HFS+ No via hdiutil Yes Yes ? Part of macOS
Clonezilla[4] Linux / Windows Text-based Yes FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3, ext4, HFS+ No Through a hack[5] Yes Yes (Clonezilla server edition) Yes (109.1 MB) GPL
dcfldd Linux Command-line Yes No No Yes Yes No ? GPL
dd (Unix) Unix Command-line Yes No No Yes[f] Yes No Yes[g] 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[6] Windows Graphical
Yes FAT32, NTFS, HPFS, ext2, ext3 [7] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Trialware
GParted Live CD[8] Linux Graphical No ext2, ext3 No No Yes No Yes GPL
HDClone[9] Windows, (Linux[10]) Graphical, Command-line Yes FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS, ReFS, ext2, ext3, ext4, XFS, HFS+ Yes Yes Yes No Yes Freemium
Image for Windows Windows Graphical Yes FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3 Yes 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
Mondo Rescue[11] Linux Text-based Yes FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3 Yes ? Yes ? Yes *[h] GPL
ntfsclone[12][13] Linux Command-line No NTFS ? ? Yes No No[i] 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[i] GPL
Partition-Saving[17] Windows, Linux, DOS Text-based
Yes FAT32, NTFS, ext2, ext3 No Yes Yes No Yes Freeware
PING[18][19] Linux Text-based Yes FAT32, ext2, ext3, ReiserFS-3, HPFS, JFS, XFS;
UFS (beta), HFS (beta), NTFS (experimental)[16]
No ? Yes Yes Yes (31 MB) GPL
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

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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. ^ Acronis True Image can detect and identify Linux partitions and prompt user to switch to sector-by-sector mode.
  6. ^ dd's clone images can be mounted as loop device.
  7. ^ 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).
  8. ^ 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.
  9. ^ 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. ^ Fisher, Tim (16 January 2014). "AOMEI Backupper Standard v3.2. Technical review.". AboutTech. Archived from the original on 2016-04-23. Retrieved 2016-04-12. 
  3. ^ "AOMEI Backupper Help Guides". Aomei Tech. Archived from the original on 2016-04-23. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  4. ^ Clonezilla home page (includes supported filesystems and other info)
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Norton Ghost". Symantec. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "GParted Live CD". Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  9. ^ HDClone product page (includes a comparison chart and additional documents)
  10. ^ HDClone/L as 2nd Live OS for the stand-alone version since HDClone 7.
  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
  15. ^ Partimage supported filesystems
  16. ^ a b
  17. ^ Partition-Saving manual
  18. ^ PING HowTo
  19. ^ PING FAQ