Linux LiveCD for repairing system and recovering data

A new major version of SystemRescueCd, a Gentoo-based distribution with focus on disk partitioning and data rescue tasks, has been released. What's new? SystemRescueCd is a Linux system on a bootable CD-ROM for repairing your system and recovering your 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 partitions of the hard disk. It contains a lot of system utilities (parted, partimage, fstools, ...) and basic tools (editors, midnight commander, network tools). It is very easy to use: just boot the CDROM. The kernel supports most of the important file systems (ext2/ext3, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs, vfat, ntfs, iso9660), as well as network filesystems (samba and nfs).

Major version 0.4 has been released. It adds major features:

  • PXE Network booting
  • Support for amd64/em64t architecture (x86-64bits processors)
  • Support the the sparc architecture (Sun architecture)
System tools included
  • GParted is a Partition Magic clone for Linux.
  • GNU Parted is the best text tool for editing your disk partitions under linux
  • Partimage is a Ghost/Drive-image clone for Linux
  • File systems tools (e2fsprogs, reiserfsprogs, reiser4progs, xfsprogs, jfsutils, ntfsprogs, dosfstools): they allow you to format, resize, and debug an existing partition of your hard disk
  • Ntfs3g: allows you to mount your Windows partition and get a full read/write unlimited access to the NTFS partition.
  • Sfdisk allows you to backup and restore your partition table
  • Test-disk tool to check and undelete partition, supports reiserfs, ntfs, fat32, ext2/3 and many others
  • Network tools (Samba, NFS, ping, nslookup, ...)

You can browse the short system tools page for more details about the most important software included. You can also browse the detailed package list if you want to have a full list of the packages you can use.

Advanced uses

SystemRescueCd is available for blind people. Now, the linux speakup version 1.5 screen reader is working well, and the speakup keymap is installed. This feature was tested by Gregory Nowak.

Btw, you can download its ISO file here.


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