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About SystemRescueCd

Description: SystemRescueCd is a Linux system rescue disk available as a bootable CD-ROM or USB stick for administrating or repairing your system and data after a crash. It aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the hard disk partitions. It comes with a lot of linux software such as system tools (parted, partimage, fstools, ...) and basic tools (editors, midnight commander, network tools). It can be used for both Linux and windows computers, and on desktops as well as servers. This rescue system requires no installation as it can be booted from a CD/DVD drive or USB stick, but it can be installed on the hard disk if you wish. The kernel supports all important file systems (ext2/ext3/ext4, reiserfs, btrfs, xfs, jfs, vfat, ntfs), as well as network filesystems (samba and nfs).

System and Networking Guides

In addition to the SystemRescueCd documentation here are other related guides:

Project documentation

This project comes with good documentation. Here are the most important chapters:

For the impatient:

  • Quick start guide: please read this if this is the first time you are using this system recovery cd.

Chapters about basic usage:

Chapters about advanced usage:

System tools included

  • GNU Parted: creates, resizes, moves, copies partitions, and filesystems (and more).
  • GParted: GUI implementation using the GNU Parted library.
  • Partimage: popular opensource disk image software which works at the disk block level
  • ddrescue: Attempts to make a copy of a partition or floppy/Hard Disk/CD/DVD that has hardware errors, optionally filling corresponding bad spots in input with user defined pattern in the copy.
  • FSArchiver: flexible archiver that can be used as both system and data recovery software
  • File systems tools (for Linux and Windows filesystems): format, resize, and debug an existing partition of a hard disk
  • Ntfs3g: enables read/write access to MS Windows NTFS partitions.
  • sfdisk: saves / restores partition table (and more).
  • Test-disk: tool to check and undelete partition, supports reiserfs, ntfs, fat32, ext2/3 and many others
  • Memtest+: to test the memory of your computer (first thing to test when you have a crash or unexpected problems)
  • Rsync: very-efficient and reliable program that can be used for remote backups.
  • Network tools (Samba, NFS, ping, nslookup, ...): to backup your data across the network

Browse the short system tools page for more details about the most important software included.

Browse the detailed package list for a full list of the packages.

Advanced uses

SystemRescueCd is available for blind people. Now, the linux speakup screen reader is working well, and the speakup keymap is installed. This feature was tested by Gregory Nowak. Please note that you need SystemRescueCd-1.1.0 or later. Notes specific to using speakup in SystemRescueCD are available on the speakup info page.

It is possible to make customized versions of the CD. For example, you can add your own scripts, to make an automatic restoration of the system. It's also possible to burn a customized DVD, with SystemRescueCd and 4.2 GB for your data (backup for example). Read the manual for more details. There is a new manual chapter that explains How you can burn a DVD+RW from SystemRescueCd

You can use SystemRescueCd to backup data from an unbootable Windows computer, if you want to backup the data stored on a Windows computer that cannot boot any more.

It is very easy to install SystemRescueCd on a USB stick. That's very useful in case you can't boot from the CD drive. You just have to copy several files to the stick and run syslinux. The install process can be done from Linux or Windows. Follow instructions from the Manual for more details.

More information about this project

Please, ask questions and report bugs in the Forums. We will not answer emails about personal situations by email.

You should subscribe to the announce mailing list if you want to receive an e-mail, when a new version is released. Since this list is moderated, spam is not possible. [low-traffic]

SystemRescueCd is licensed under the GPL-2 license. You can contact us (the email address is protected by an anti-spam system) but please use the forums for technical and general questions.

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