Installing nClone to Synology NAS devices
- DSM 6
- A local network that uses DHCP. nClone acts as a proxy DHCP server and works together with existing DHCP servers present in the network.
- Note: while nClone works fine with other DHCP servers, it is currently incompatible with Synology’s DHCP server add-on component. If you are using that, you will need to uninstall it, before using nClone
nClone (free edition) download link:
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Models running DSM 6
NOTE: this is beta software. Use at your own risk.
1) Download the .spk file to your disk.
2) In DSM click on “Package Center”
3) Click on “Settings”
4) Set “trust level” to “Any publisher” to allow our 3rd-party package to be installed, and press “OK”
5) Click on “Manual Install”
6) Select the .spk file you saved to disk and press “Next”
4) Read and accept the license terms, and press “Next”. Be aware that using disk cloning software the wrong way can result in data loss, for which we are not responsible.
5) Press “Apply” to finish installation.
Configuring your computers to boot from the network
You might need to enable network booting in the BIOS of your computers, and change the boot order so that it tries a network boot first. How you do this may differ slightly depending on your brand of computer. But usually you need to press “Del” or “F2” when starting the computer to get to the BIOS settings.
Look for a setting with a label among the lines of “Boot to network” or “Enable PXE on NIC1” and make sure it is set to “enable”
Look for “boot device priority” or a tab named “boot” to change the boot order.
To start using nClone, reboot your computer.
During boot: press F8 within 3 seconds to get the nClone menu.
And select “start nClone” from the menu there.
A modified version of Clonezilla Live/Ubuntu will be started over the network, and you will be prompted for your NAS password, to connect to the shared folder on your NAS.
If unsure, select “Beginner” here.
Backing up a hard disk using Clonezilla
Select “savedisk” from the list of options.
Enter the name of the “disk image” you want to save the contents of your local disk to. E.g. you could enter the name of the computer you are backing up, and the date.
Select the local disk drive you want to backup. If you have only one, like in the screenshot, simply press enter.
If you are running a Linux operating system, you have the option to check/repair the file system, before backing up. This option does not do anything if you are a Windows user.
You have the option to “verify” the image taken. This will read the contents of your disk a second time, and verifies that the data recorded in the image matches.
Finally, you have to confirm the operating by entering “y”
The imaging process will start, after which the computer will automatically reboot.
Restoring a hard disk image using Clonezilla
In the Clonezilla main menu select “restoredisk”
A list of “image files” that is available on your NAS is displayed. Select the one you want to restore.
Select your local disk to which you want to restore the image. If you only have one disk, like in the screenshot, simply press enter.
You now have to confirm your action twice.
Warning: restoring an image will overwrite all existing data on your disk!
After restoring the image is complete, the computer will automatically reboot.
Managing disk images in DSM
The nClone image manager is available in the DSM start menu.
Simply select a “image” out of the list.
Press the “info” button to get more information about an image, the “rename” button to rename it, or the “delete” button to remove the image from disk.