Install and use Partclone

Partclone — utility for cloning and restoring disk partitions.

Perform the installation of Partclone in Ubuntu:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install partclone

Partclone can work with many file systems, when you start it through a point, you must specify the type of file system, for example:

partclone.btrfs (btrfs)
partclone.ext2/ext3/ext4 (ext2, ext3, ext4)
partclone.reiserfs (reiserfs 3.5)
partclone.reiser4 (reiser 4)
partclone.xfs (xfs)
partclone.ufs (ufs/ufs2)
partclone.jfs (jfs)
partclone.hfs+/hfsplus (hfs plusfs)
partclone.vmfs (vmfs)
partclone.ntfs (ntfs)
partclone.fat12/fat16/fat32 (fat12, fat16, fat32)
partclone.exfat (exfat)
partclone.minix (minix)
partclone.f2fs (f2fs)
partclone.nilfs2 (nilfs2)

Here are the possible startup options:

-s FILE, --source FILE

The data source specifies the file or partition to be cloned from or from which data will be restored.

-o FILE, --output FILE

The output file in which the data or partition to which data will be restored will be stored.

-O FILE, --overwrite FILE

Overwrite the file if it exists.

-c, --clone


-r, --restore


-b, --dev-to-dev

Copy from device to device mode

-l FILE, --logfile FILE

Path to the log file (default /var/log/partclone.log)

-R, --rescue

Continue after disk read errors

-C, --no_check

Do not check disk size and free space

-N, --ncurse

Ncurses text-based user interface

-X, --dialog

Output of messages in a dialogue format

-I, --ignore_fschk

Ignore file system check


Ignore crc errors

-F, --force

Forced mode


Changing the interval

-z SIZE, --buffer_size SIZE

The size of the read / write buffer (default: 1048576)

-q, --quiet

Quiet mode, information about the execution process will not be displayed

-dlevel, --debug level

Debug mode level 1/2/3

-h, --help

Display Help

-v, --version

Display the version of the program

I will give examples of running partclone.
First let’s see what drives in the system are used:

sudo fdisk -l | grep '/dev/'

Example of cloning a partition to a file:

sudo partclone.ext3 -c -d -s /dev/sda1 -o sda1.img

Example of cloning a partition into an archive:

sudo partclone.ext3 -c -d -s /dev/sda1 | gzip -c > /dev/sdb2/sda1.gz

Restoring the partition from the file:

sudo partclone.ext3 -r -d -s sda1.img -o /dev/sda1

Restoring the partition from the archive:

sudo gzip -d /dev/sdb2/sda1.gz | partclone.ext3 -d -r -o /dev/sda1

We clone the partition into the partition of another disk:

sudo partclone.ext3 -b -d -s /dev/sda1 -o /dev/sdb2
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