Clonezilla, by default choices recommended, was going to back up my entire computer system, every single partition, to the destination partition, sdb4, amounting to 110GiB.
Now, I should have known this, and I should have remembered from years ago, the time it took just to clone an 80GB (73GiB) drive. But I didn't.
It doesn't take a Nobel Prize winning mathematician, nor rocket science, to work out what was going to happen. It just actually took longer for Clonezilla to stop and give up, than I would have expected, leading me to believe that the transfer speeds dropped to considerably lower than that 2.73 - 3.95GiB per minute.
After two hours or so, Clonezilla came up with a message I have not copied verbatim, but was to the effect that (destination) space required did not meet space needed for the operation.Surprise surprise! Divide 1.82TiB into 110GiB, and it just doesn't go.
Having failed to do what I set out to do, I thought I would at least gather some knowledge on the failed operation.
In Zilla1, the sdb4 partition on my external hdd, we can see the following:
This, after Ctrl-H'ing to check for Hidden files or folders, and lost+found is there, as I guessed.
Double-clicking the save-mint (Clonezilla) folder reveals:
... 9 files, for all our (my) efforts. I expect if you have a successful use of Clonezilla, these files will appear in your result.I can reveal the contents of same for 7 out of 9 if you are interested, they are textual. The two with file extension .mbr are, as you expect, related to the master Boot Record. They are locked, and even if you use eg
...or alternatives, to gain access, you still need to know the program to use to view, which is a stage I have yet to reach.
A right-click Properties on the 9 files reveals:
... which indicates we have safeguarded 1.1MB for our efforts,
Now mremski, whom has contributed, may have a simple solution here, and I welcome it. Also mralias518 is/was viewing whilst I type.
Since my debacle last 11th March, I have done a little research on Clonezilla, and I'd like to present my findings.
At their website, if you tunnel a bit, you can find the following:
At http://clonezilla.org/clonezilla-live-doc.php - I will reproduce this, as I need to point out something not immediately apparent:
If you note the blue and green headers (and there are more if you scroll down the website page), you will find with the green that Description is also a hyperlink/hotlink. If you simply click on the numbered items, you simply get a one-page screen with a few items on that subject, ie a chapter.
Clicking the green "Description..." header will take you to a mini-manual for each process. To use the example of "Save...", a Print Preview reveals (US letter) - 18 pages Portrait or 36 pages Landscape (easier to read). Figures differ for A4 used in Australia and perhaps elsewhere. I would expect similar of the others (Topics, eg Restore).
I, for one, will not be using Clonezilla again without being armed with at least a printed version of the Save section. But I have two by heavy duty colour laser printers, and for ink jet users this may not be your cup of tea. Perhaps you could print them at a Library.
Just a few more points, and then I will wrap this up for now, but we can keep the Topic open, and I welcome input:
- I was limited to using USB2.0 - USB3.0 might likely be considerably faster, you might expect 12 times faster?
- If you have a large drive, and USB2.0, expect an "overnighter" - after the initial stages, it does not appear to require user input.
- On next using it, I will be looking to choose different options in the initial stages and see what eventuates