Quick Fix: Clonezilla Restore Options

A few users of Linux imaging OS Clonezilla have posted questions on restoring partitions/images to their computers. An obviously frustrated user went so far as to go on a racist tirade about the documentation and the software's usability a few years back:
 
 I intentionally removed the poster's name and image because unlike other people I don't act like a dick when using FREE software.

Note: Just because Torvalds often uses abusive language online, it doesn't mean users should forego etiquette, decency and respect when posting comments or questions in forums.

The developers of Clonezilla attempted to make the process simpler a few versions ago and it may have confused newer users. However, users who understand Clonezilla or use the imaging software using the command line rather than the Beginner or Expert Modes didn't notice.


Restore Options

The primary issue is that after creating an image of a partition, users launch into Clonezilla and find out they don't have the restoreparts or restoredisk option. If the user selected Beginner mode, they will find themselves going through the process of creating a new image or repeating the options over and over without finding the restore option.

The solution, as longtime users have already pointed out in the forums, is simple: the restore options will not be available if Clonezilla does not detect the previously created image. You have to point Clonezilla to the right directory for the system to find it before the restorepart appears in Beginner mode.

The following is an example of a restoration process involving a Windows 8.1 image stored in a 2TB Seagate Expansion Desk. The image folder containing the 4.1GB Clonezilla image is on the root directory of the Seagate storage drive.
 

The folder containing the Clonezilla image in this example is 2014-06-19-10-img_windows81_noapps and is found on the root directory of the Seagate drive.


To restore an image stored in the Root directory of an external HDD in Clonezilla:

1. After booting into Clonezila and selecting a language and keymap, select Start_Clonezilla.

2. Select device_image then local_dev if you're using an external hard drive like a Buffalo Drive Station or Western Digital drive.

3. Once prompted, connect the external drive and press Enter.
 

4. Once the hard drive is detected, select the drive from the list.

5. Clonezilla will provide a list of the external drive's directories. Select the correct directory where the folder with the Clonezilla image is saved. Press Enter.
 
Compare the screenshot in Clonezilla with the screenshot in File Explorer. Note that the folder 2014-06-19-10-img_windows81_noapps is not listed in the Clonezilla screenshot of the Seagate directory.


6.  Select Beginner Mode.

7. Five restore options should now be available (restoredisk, restoreparts, 1-2-mdisks, recover-iso-zip and chk-img-restorable)

 

8. Click restordisk or any of the restore options and Clonezilla will provide a list of Clonezilla images detected in the directory.

 

9. Select the image and press Enter to begin the restoration process.

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