SystemRescueCd is a valuable rescue disk that can be burned to a bootable CD. This rescue disk is based on Linux and it is possible to install it on flash memory in addition to a CD. This tool can be used to fix system faults and save broken systems in emergency situations. Various tools are provided in this disk, including troubleshooting, repairing, and fixing component bugs, tools for mounting NTFS drives, network configuration, network services, search tools, antivirus, etc.
SystemRescueCd comes with many Linux tools such as fstools, part images, parted, and basic tools such as editors, command line tools, network tools, etc. This boot disk can be used on servers, Linux, and Windows systems. The kernel of this collection supports ext2/ext3/ext4, ReiserFS, Reiser4, Btrfs, XFS, JFS, VFAT, NTFS, and iso9660 file systems and is also compatible with network file systems such as NFS and Sarmba.
Features and features of the SystemRescueCd package:
- Efficient operating system based on Linux and the possibility of booting through CD, flash even when the main operating system does not load
- Support for EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, Reiserfs, Reiser4, BTRFS, XFS, JFS, VFAT, NTFS, ISO9660 file system
- Support for Samba and NFS network file systems
- Create, edit, copy and restore hard disk partitions
- Data backup
- Various tools for debugging and repairing the system
- Various tools for hard partitioning
- Ability to use other kernels at boot time
- Ability to create a custom boot disk for users
- Various tools for working with hard disk
- Working with the network through ssh-, DHCP-, TFTP-, vnc-server, rsync, NFS-, samba-, FTP-clients
- Caching the boot image to continue LiveCD operation
- And …
Of course, you need a DVD burner, and a disc. You also need an installed Linux system, with dvd+rw-tools. If you do not have this program, you can download it from the dvd+rw-tools homepage
You need to know the device name of your DVD burner. If you don’t know it, you may find it with dmesg. You should see something like this:
# dmesg | grep DVD hdd: PIONEER DVD-RW DVR-106D, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive hdd: ATAPI 32X DVD-ROM DVD-R CD-R/RW drive, 2000kB Cache, UDMA(33)
In this example, the two output lines show us the device name. It’s “/dev/hdd”. This was tested under Linux-2.4.26, with dvd+rw-tools-5.17, on a DVD+RW, and the device was “Pioneer DVR-106D”. It is supposed to work with all kinds of DVD discs, and all DVD burners.
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First step: burn the official SysRescCd ISO image
In this first step, we will just burn the official 275 MB image onto the DVD disc.
growisofs -Z /dev/hdd=systemrescuecd-x86-x.y.z.iso
Of course, you have to replace “HDD” with the device name of your burner and update the path to the ISO file.
Second step: add your own files
Now, we will add files to the disc. All the files you want to add have to be stored in the same directory. In this example, we suppose that files are stored in /home/user/mydvd-data-files/:
growisofs -M /dev/hdd -J -R /home/user/mydvd-data-files/
It should be possible to add files several times by running this command several times.