Disk cloning is the process of making a image of a partition or entire hard drive. This can be useful for both making copies of the drive and for backup or recovery purposes.
Disck cloning software
Disk cloning in Arch
The ncurses program PartImage is in the community repos. The interface is not exceptionally intuitive but it works. There are currently no GTK/QT based disk cloners for Linux.
Disk cloning outside of Arch
If you wish to backup or propagate your Arch install root, you are probably better off booting into something else and clone the partition from there. Some suggestions:
- PartedMagic has a very nice live cd/usb with PartImage and other recovery tools.
- Mindi is a linux distribution specifically for disk clone backup. It comes with its own cloning program, Mondo Rescue.
- Acronis True Image is a commercial disk cloner for Windows. It allows you to create a live cd (from within Windows), so you do not need a working Windows install on the actual machine to use it.