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PARTCLONE(8)		     Partclone User Manual		  PARTCLONE(8)

       partclone - The utility for clone and restore a partition.

			  {[-c | --clone] [-r | --restore] [-b | --dev-to-dev]}
			  {[-s | --source] source}
			  {[[-o | --output] [-O | --overwrite]] target}
			  [[-dX | --debug=X] [--restore_raw_file]]
			  [[-z | --buffer_size] [-N | --ncurses]]
			  [[-q | --quiet] [-f | --UI-fresh]]
			  [[-F | --force] [-I | --ignore_fschk]]
			  [[--ignore_crc] [-X | --dialog] [-C | --nocheck]]
			  [[-R | --rescue] [-L | --logfile] logfile]

       partclone.[fstype] is a part of Partclone project. Partclone provide
       utilities to backup used blocks and design for higher compatibility of
       the file system by using existing library, e.g. e2fslibs is used to
       read the used block of ext2 partition.

       Partclone supported file system include btrfs, ext2, ext3, ext4,
       reiserfs, reiser4, xfs and jfs for LINUX. Also support some non-linux
       operation system, ex: NTFS, FAT and EXFAT(for Windows), HFS plus(APPLE
       MAC OS), UFS2(FreeBSD), VMFS(VMWare Vsphere) and MINIX(MINIX3).

       All partclone utils could be run like partclone.[fstype] is very
       smiliar fsck or mkfs. For example, for backup/restore hfsplus, just run

		  File System		  partclone.[fstype]

		  btrfs			  partclone.btrfs
		  ext2, ext3, ext4	  partclone.[ext2|ext3|ext4]
		  reiserfs 3.5		  partclone.reiserfs
		  reiser 4		  partclone.reiser4
		  xfs			  partclone.xfs
		  ufs | ufs2		  partclone.ufs
		  jfs			  partclone.jfs
		  hfs plusfs		  partclone.[hfs+|hfsplus]
		  vmfs			  partclone.vmfs
		  ntfs			  partclone.ntfs
		  fat12, fat16, fat32	  partclone.[fat12|fat16|fat32]
		  exfat			  partclone.exfat
		  minix			  partclone.minix

       The program follows the usual GNU command line syntax, with long
       options starting with two dashes (`-'). A summary of options is
       included below.

       -s FILE, --source FILE
	   Source FILE. The FILE could be a image file(made by partclone) or
	   device depend on your action. Normally, backup source is device,
	   restore source is image file.

	   Receving data from pipe line is supported ONLY for restoring, just
	   ignore -s option or use '-' means receive data from stdin.

       -o FILE, --output FILE
	   Output FILE. The FILE could be a image file(partclone will
	   generate) or device depend on your action. Normally, backup output
	   to image file and restore output to device.

	   Sending data to pipe line is also supported ONLY for back-up, just
	   ignore -o option or use '-' means send data to stdout.

       -O FILE, --overwrite FILE
	   Overwrite FILE, overwriting if exists.

       -c, --clone
	   Save partition to the special image format.

       -r, --restore
	   Restore partition from the special image format.

       -b, --dev-to-dev
	   Local device to device copy on-the-fly, source and output both are

       -D, --domain
	   Create GNU Ddrescue domain log file from source device

	   Add X (in bytes) to all positions reported in the domain log file

	   Creating special raw file for loop device.

       -l FILE, --logfile FILE
	   put special path to record partclone log information.(default

       -R, --rescue
	   Continue after disk read errors.

       -C, --no_check
	   Don't check device size and free space.

       -N, --ncurse
	   Using Ncurses Text User Interface.

       -X, --dialog
	   Output message as Dialog Format.

       -I, --ignore_fschk
	   Ignore filesystem check.

	   Ignore crc check error.

       -F, --force
	   Force progress.

       -f sec, --UI-fresh sec
	   put special second to different interval.

       -z size, --buffer_size size
	   Read/write buffer size (default: 1048576)

       -q, --quiet
	   Disable progress message.

       -dlevel, --debug level
	   Set the debug level [1|2|3]

       -h, --help
	   Show summary of options.

       -v, --version
	   Show version of program.

	   The log file of partclone

	    clone /dev/hda1 to hda1.img and display debug information.
	      partclone.ext3 -c -d -s /dev/hda1 -o hda1.img

	    restore /dev/hda1 from hda1.img and display debug information.
	      partclone.extfs -r -d -s hda1.img -o /dev/hda1

	    restore image from clonezilla(split, gzip,) with stdin source
	      cat sda1.ext3-ptcl-img.gz.a* | gunzip -c | partclone.ext3 -d -r -s - -o /dev/sda1

       The following diagnostics may be issued on stderr:

       partclone provides some return codes, that can be used in scripts:

       Code   Diagnostic
       0      Program exited successfully.
       1      Clone or Restore seem failed.

       Report bugs to or

       You can get support at

       partclone(8), partclone.chkimg(8), partclone.restore(8),

       Yu-Chin Tsai <>

       Copyright © 2007 Yu-Chin Tsai

       This manual page was written for the Debian system (and may be used by

       Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document
       under the terms of the GNU General Public License, Version 2 or (at
       your option) any later version published by the Free Software

       On Debian systems, the complete text of the GNU General Public License
       can be found in /usr/share/common-licenses/GPL.

partclone			  06/28/2013			  PARTCLONE(8)

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