I wonder if there´s anyone who can help me with a specific question. I´m an avid user of clonezilla and I must say I´m really satisfied with it. Currently I´m using "clonezilla-live-20160210-wily-amd64". Recently I had to play back a system-backup which I had created about 2 weeks earlier. That went alright.

Additionally: As I have two partitions (/ and /home) I had backed up my current /home-partition first and thus as a second step I played back my /home partition afterwards.

I realized that when making a disk-backup clonezilla does that in 2 steps: First my /-partition and second my /home-partition.

My question now ist: Does anyone know whether there´s a possibility of playing back only my /home-partition if need be provided that I´ve just a disk-backup available (which consists of / and /home-partition).

Thanks a lot in advance. Rosika

P.S.: system: Linux/Lubuntu 16.04.1 LTS (64 bit)

  • When you say "play back", do you mean restore? Are you performing a disk clone, or a partition to image backup? It's also unclear about "2 steps" disk-backup. Cheers, Al – heynnema Oct 2 '16 at 12:22
  • Sorry about the misunderstanding. Of course I mean "restore". To clarify: – Rosika Oct 2 '16 at 12:31
  • I was performing a disk clone to image backup. What I want to do is restore just the "/home"-partition out of that image backup (which consists of 1.) / and 2.) /home - partitions. – Rosika Oct 2 '16 at 12:39
  • You need to clarify more. I asked 3 questions. Disk clone has a problem restoring to smaller (even 1 block smaller) disks... which means that almost ALL clone restores will fail. Partition to image backups/restores should work fine. Cheers, Al – heynnema Oct 2 '16 at 12:40
  • Disk clone copies more than just / and /home. It also copies diag partitions, boot partitions, etc. I believe that the answer to your question is... no, you can't restore just /home when you've done a complete disk to image backup. I could be wrong. Easy way to find out... go via the menus and see if there's an option to restore just partitions from a disk to image backup. But... why don't you check the FAQ at clonezilla.org? Cheers, Al – heynnema Oct 2 '16 at 12:44

You have the same feature in Clonezilla for restoring as you have for the backup.

When you're backing up the choices are:

  • savedisk - Save the whole disk
  • saveparts - Save partitions

When you are restoring you have the same options:

  • restoredisk - Restore the whole disk that was saved
  • restoreparts - Restire partitions from the disk that was saved

To restore a single partition just go into the restoreparts option and browse to where you saved your disk. Then use the selector to pick the partition you want to restore.

As far as which partition has your root /, or your /home, you would have to know the partition number and can select that choice to restore. During the restore process you will have the option of choosing where you want to restore it to.

Restoring a full drive

If you were going to restore the whole drive, you would choose the restoredisk instead of restoreparts. Then you would proceed to select the drive you will be restoring the backed up drive to.

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  • But... can the user perform a "disk to image" backup, and do a "specific partition only" restore? Cheers, Al – heynnema Oct 2 '16 at 13:03
  • Yes. The save or restore will go to whatever he choose as his source and destination. If he choose image for save. He would have to use that image for restore. The restore will have to come from where it was saved... and the option to choose the source and destination is part of the save and restore process. – L. D. James Oct 2 '16 at 13:06
  • There's where the confusion is. If the user does an IMAGE backup of /dev/sda, can the user then restore ONLY /home? Cheers, Al – heynnema Oct 2 '16 at 13:08
  • Thanks a lot. That´s what I wanted to know. So it seems o.k. to make complete disk-backups. And I can choose which "/home"-partition I want to restore. That´s really convenient. Tnx for the help. Greetings.Rosika – Rosika Oct 2 '16 at 13:11
  • @heynnema The confusion could be resolved by recognizing clonezilla doesn't show the names such as home or root for the partitions. It shows` (as indicated in the answer) sda1, sda2, or sdb1, or sdb2, etc. Those are the way the partitions are named. The user will have to know if he placed /home in sdb1 or sda6, by the name of the partition, in letters and numbers. – L. D. James Oct 2 '16 at 13:13

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