Clonezilla Makes Quick Work of Hard Drive Data Restoration

We all know the importance of backing up the data on our hard drive but, honestly, restoring all your stuff after a catastrophic hard drive failure can be a real pain. Clonezilla is a free, open-source app that burns a mirror image of your drive’s data so you can reinstall everything in just a few clicks.

Clonezilla supports Intel-based Macs and comes in two versions: Live, for a single machine and SE for managing as many as 40 computers. As if that’s not handy enough, you have your choice of storage and reinstallation methods — CD, USB flash drive, or USB hard drive.

Once you’ve shoehorned the software onto a media storage device, boot it into the machine you want to clone and let the app work its magic. Several tutorials on Clonezilla’s web site walk you through the process of saving and restoring images, creating recovery CDs, and more.

There are plenty of ways to create backups of your data, but most are complicated or prohibitively expensive. If you’re looking for a great — and cheap — way to keep your data safe, then Clonezilla might be just the ticket.

What are your tips for easy and inexpensive data backup?

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