Is there a way to browse CloneZilla images and extract individual files from them without restoring the whole image?
You should be able to mount your CloneZilla image to extract files from it. See instructions here.
Prepare a large disk in Linux
Say if your image is /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/, and the image is /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/hda1.ntfs-img.aa, hda1.ntfs-img.ab... run
to see it's gzip, bzip or lzop image. Say it's gzip, then you can run
cat /home/partimag/YOURIMAGE/hda1.ntfs-img.* | gzip -d -c | ntfsclone --restore-image -o hda1.img -
Then you will have a "hda1.img" which you can mount it by
mount -o loop -t ntfs hda1.img /mnt
Then all the files are in /mnt/
Better use the
partclone utility instead:
cat dir/hda2.ntfs-ptcl-img.gz.* | gzip -d -c | partclone.restore -C -s - -o hda2.img
mount -o loop hda2.img /mnt
I've made a video that demonstrates how to restore the full disk backup into a virtual machine. Hope it helps: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ainjV3X6wqQ
Basically, what you need to do is:
- Create a VM in VirtualBox (free)
- Create a virtual disk image for the VM with at least the same size of the backed up disk
- Store your clonezilla backup in an external HDD or something which can be accessed from the VM
- Run your VM with the clonezilla ISO in its virtual drive
- Restore the backup like you would in a real machine
Taken from this article:
There are some limitations. As pointed out earlier, Clonezilla can't restore an image to a drive that is smaller than the original drive. It also doesn't allow for retrieving specific files in an image, it's the whole partition or nothing.
Since the Linux way is pretty much a lucky hack, I'd wait until this feature is officially developed for Windows.