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Partclone logo icon, partclone-logo.png
Partclone-screenshot, partclone-screen.png
Partclone, version 0.2.51, running on Clonezilla
Original author(s) Thomas Tsai
Initial release November 25, 2007; 10 years ago (2007-11-25)
Stable release
0.2.89[1] / July 5, 2016; 18 months ago (2016-07-05)
Development status Active[2]
Written in C
Operating system Linux, cross-platform
Available in Fully translated:British English, French, Taiwan
License GNU General Public License

Partclone is a partition clone and restore tool. It provides utilities to back up and restore partitions and is designed for higher compatibility of the file system library. It is developed by the NCHC Free Software Labs in Taiwan.[3] It is the default backup application in Clonezilla,[4] FOG from version 1.00 and Redo Backup and Recovery which is simply a front end to partclone.[5] It supports many file systems and has good performance, as it skips portions of the file system marked as free space.


Partclone currently supports the following filesystems: ext2, ext3, ext4, hfs+, reiserfs, reiser4, btrfs, vmfs(v3, v5), xfs, jfs, ufs, ntfs, fat(12/16/32), and exFAT. To run partclone for a particular filesystem, one uses the command 'partclone.<fstype>', in a similar manner to the mkfs command

  • partclone.btrfs
  • partclone.ext2, partclone.ext3, partclone.ext4
  • partclone.fat32, partclone.fat12, partclone.fat16
  • partclone.ntfs
  • partclone.exFAT
  • partclone.hfsp
  • partclone.jfs
  • partclone.reiserfs
  • partclone.reiser4
  • partclone.ufs (support SU+J)
  • partclone.vmfs (v3)
  • partclone.vmfs5 (for vmfs v5)
  • partclone.xfs


Partclone is a partition image tool which attempts to only backup used data blocks. It's written in C and focuses on cloning filesystems, as opposed to cloning disks. The basic features are:

  • clone partition to image file
  • restore image file to partition
  • restore image file to raw file as loop device
  • duplicate partition on-the-fly
  • create domain file for ddrescue
  • crc32 support
  • pipe support(restore from stdin | clone to stdout)
  • text mode | quiet mode
  • Ncurses Text interface
  • rescue support
  • transfer rate, elapsed time calculating
  • support raw clone (like dd)

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