I want to clone a Windows partition of a dual booted laptop which doesn't boot anymore as described in the following link.

I don't know why but I can't clone a partition with Clonezilla. I only have these information as displayed in below screenshot I attached here :


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    did you press space to select the disk in step 2? It's not sufficient to have had the red block cursor there, you need to have a * or x inside the relevant [ ] i think.
    – sourcejedi
    Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 18:14
  • @sourcejedi, You're damn right ! Now I have another issue, I am changing the question Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 18:48
  • Tricky. BTW try not to edit like that in future. That was a reasonable Q/A pair, but now it's erased. You can always add a comment to link people to a new question. You might get slightly better diagnostics & advice if you try to boot a normal live media and mount the windows filesystem. If you were mainly trying to rescue data files, that could be just as useful.
    – sourcejedi
    Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 20:52
  • @sourcejedi ho... sorry ... I thought the question so dumb when I realised my error. I have an ubuntu live key but I don't know how to mount the windows filesystem to rescue my windows part data files Commented Oct 19, 2017 at 21:23

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Do you must use clonezilla? If not give out a try on these few methods,

Method 1 - By using terminal commands

  1. Boot from the Ubuntu LiveCD and open the disk management tool (or use sudo fdisk -l from the terminal) to find out which disk you will be copying.

  2. Mount the external device you will save the .img file to, do not mount the disk you want to make the image from! (Disk you write into)

  3. Use dd if=/dev/sda of=foo_file.img, replace /dev/sda with the actual disk you want to copy and foo_image.img with a file located in the external disk you previously mounted.

  4. Reboot your PC removing the disk you made the image from and install the new disk in your PC. Boot the computer with the Ubuntu LiveCD.

  5. Mount the external disk that contains the .img file and open the disk tool to make sure about the device where we are going to write it to. (Probably will be using the same device path as the one you just removed). Don't even try to mount the new disk, there should be nothing to mount anyways!

  6. Use dd if=foo_file.img of=/dev/sda to write the image you created and stored in to the external device in to the new disk you just installed.

  7. Run gparted and resize your newly created partitions to accommodate the extra space in your new disk.

  8. Reboot and boot using your new disk.

(This method is by Bruno Pereira from here )

Method 2 - you can check below links

Link 1 -HowtoGeek

Link 2 - AddictiveTips

Link 3 - Ubuntuforums

Link 4 - Linux.com

Link 5 - edoceo

Link 7 -dimitar.me

Hope this will solve your problem..

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    Okay so 1. I have to create a foo_image.img file in my new HDD and 2. It will take some time before dd fully copied it, isn't it ? Commented Oct 20, 2017 at 8:10
  • And why can't I use dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb ? With sda my old Windows partition and sdb my new hard drive ? Commented Oct 20, 2017 at 8:14
  • I did it today, yet I am not able to reset my pc, it shows me an error. I think I have to erase it all on my laptop, download windows again and dual boot it ... Commented Oct 23, 2017 at 23:37

I've had the same issue and partclone was already installed on my device. I used the nogui option under expert mode to get rid of GUI in order to see where the source of the error was. Turns out that I was missing the package for the compression algorithm I choose (parallel bzip2: package was lbzip2). Abscense of lbzip2 was crashing partclone because I asked for it but it wasn't there. Make sure you're not running into a similar error.


You can try it on other system by installing only partclone:

Ex:First you need to extract the image locally use partclone:

sudo apt install partclone

then extract to image:

cat sda3.ntfs-ptcl-img.gz.a* | gzip -d -c | sudo partclone.restore -W -o sda3.img -L partclone.log

then mount it:

sudo mount -o loop  -t ntfs sda3.img /mnt
  • There are many reasons why partclone can fail while being still installed... Commented May 29, 2020 at 3:56

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