USB Recovery Using Clonezilla Live

It’s a long process for me to figure out “How to make USB Recovery using Clonezill Live” even if there is plenty of documentation and tutorial on internet. So I made this post people like me to create simple USB Recovery. Simple USB Recovery means plug in USB in target machine, boot from USB, press “Enter”, press “Y” twice and reboot. That’s it! So here is it.

Step 0: Preparation

Need 2 USB Disks. Let’s say USB1 and USB2. USB1 for Clonezilla Live Boot and USB2 for USB Recovery Disk.
Make sure both USB1 and UBS2 have clean (no file inside.) It is a long process so bear with me.

Part 1. Creating Recovery Image from source

1. Create Clonezilla Live Boot in USB1 using Tuxboot as mention in here.
2. Plug USB1 to source machine. Boot up source machine with USB1. (You need to configure USB1 as USB-HDD and first in boot-priority in BIOS).
3. Clonezilla Live Boot Menu will appear. Choose “Other modes of Clonezilla live“.
4. Choose “To RAM. Boot media can be removed later” option.
5. Choose “English” for language
6. Choose “Don’t touch keymap” for keyboard.
7. And start Clonezilla by “Start_Clonezilla“.
8. Choose “device-image” because we are creating recovery images
9. Choose “local_dev” since we intend to save image file to USB1.
10. If you want to save your image to other USB disk, please plug in that step and press “Enter”.
But now we are re-using “USB1″ to save images, we don’t need another USB disk right now.
11. Next, choose USB1 as destination for images. Normally selection should be “sdb1” but may vary
according to disks and partitions. So please make sure you select correct disk other than “sda”.
12. Choose directory for images. We let it save in root of our USB1 drive.
13. Press “Enter” to confirm.
14. Choose “Beginner“.
15. Choose “savedisk“.
16. Give image name and press “Enter”.
17. Next, let the default setting for the rest of questions and confirmation.
18. You will see progress of creating images. Once it finished, you can do “Poweroff” or “Reboot“.

You will get image as folder on your root of USB1 with your given name.

Part 2. Creating ISO file

1. Move newly created image folder from USB1 to root of USB2.
2. Again, plug USB1 into source machine and Boot up from USB1.
3. Clonezilla Live Boot Menu will appear. Choose “Default settings” this time. (“To RAM option will
not work for ISO creation.)
4. Choose “Language” and “Keyboard” as in part1 and Start Clonezilla.
5. Choose “device-image
6. Choose “local_dev
7. IMPORTANCE step. Before press “Enter”, plug in USB2 and wait for 5 seconds and then press
“Enter”.
8. Select USB2 as image repository. (Usually will show as sdc1~~ since USB1 will be sdb1).
9. Confirm the disk and choose “Beginner
10. Choose “recovery-iso-zip“. (If USB2 doesn’t have image folder in its root, this option will not be
shown, so make sure you move image folder from USB1 to USB2 as stated on number 1 of this part.)
11. Select image and press Enter
12. Select default for next 3 questions.
13. Select “iso” for recovery type.
14. It will take some time and once it finished, you will need to press “Enter” and then can choose
Reboot” or “Poweroff“.
15. You will get “iso” file in USB2 root folder.

Using another PC (or maybe source machine), copy image folder and iso file into local disk and
remove both of them from USB2.

Part3. Final Step: Creating USB Recovery disk

1. Open “Tuxboot“, this time choose “Pre Downloaded” and ISO and locate the iso file you just
move to local disk.
2. Choose Device Driver of USB2 and press “OK”.

Recovery Image will be created in USB2.

Extra: If you want to restore/clone,
1. just plug in and boot from USB2
2. Select first option in Menu (which is the image your created in Part 1 and 2).
3. Perss “y” and “Enter” and “y” and “Enter”
4. Wait for restore process to complete
5. Reboot your machine and your local disk will be restored or cloned.

Resource :
(1) Clonezilla Live on USB
(2) Save disk image
(3) Create Recovery Clonzilla

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