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|Source model||Open source|
|Latest release||6.0.4 / 14 April 2019|
|Available in||English and French|
|Kernel type||Monolithic (Linux)|
|Default user interface||XFCE|
SystemRescueCd is a Linux distribution for the x86 64 and previously x86 computers. The primary purpose of SystemRescueCD is to repair un-bootable or otherwise damaged computer systems after a system crash. SystemRescueCd is not intended to be used as a permanent operating system. It runs from a Live CD, a USB flash drive or any type of hard drive. It was designed by a team led by François Dupoux, and is based on Arch Linux.
Starting with version 6.0, it provides only x86-64 images, based on Arch Linux with systemd as its init system, which increased size of the iso image and no longer fits on one standard 700 MiB CD, requires either one DVD, or the non-standard high-capacity CD, a 100-min writable CD using a technique called overburning, or other bootable media like USB flash drive.
SystemRescueCd is capable of graphics using the Linux framebuffer option for tools such as GParted. It uses version 4.19.20 of the Linux kernel and has options such as connecting to the Internet through an ADSL modem or Ethernet and graphical web browsers such as Mozilla Firefox.
SystemRescueCd has many features, including:
- GNU Parted and GParted to partition disks and re-size partitions, including FAT32 and NTFS
- fdisk to edit the disk partition table
- PartImage, disk imaging software which copies only used sectors
- TestDisk to recover lost partition and PhotoRec to recover lost data
- smartmontools a S.M.A.R.T. suite for HDD health reporting and data loss prevention
- ddrescue to extract recoverable data from physically damaged HDD and listing damaged sectors
- FSArchiver a system tool that allows you to save the contents of a file-system to a compressed archive file
- A CD and DVD burner: dvd+rw-tools
- Two bootloaders: GRUB and SYSLINUX
- Web browsers: Firefox, Midori, ELinks
- File manager: emelFM2
- Archiving and unarchiving abilities
- File system tools: file system create, delete, resize, move
- Support for many file systems, including full NTFS read/write access (via NTFS-3G) as well as FAT32 and Mac OS HFS
- Support for Intel x86 and PowerPC systems, including Macs
- Ability to create boot disk for operating systems
- Support for Windows registry editing and password changing from Linux
- Can boot FreeDOS, Memtest86+, hardware diagnostics and other boot disks from a single CD
Burning DVDs and system backup
The CD can also boot from a customized DVD which has almost 4.6 GB of free space for backed-up files. This makes it good for storing all the information that is needed from a hard drive and then formatting it. To burn the DVD, one must burn the image file first and then add all the separate files and folders. This should not affect the general way in which the DVD works. The DVD can then be used to insert those files into the hard drive using Midnight Commander.
- "SystemRescueCd Homepage". system-rescue-cd.org. Retrieved 26 October 2017.