This page tells you more about the important linux software which comes with this system rescue disk.
Linux kernel 4.19: The current version is based on the Long-Term-Supported linux-4.19 kernel. The provided kernel includes a lot of drivers so it works for most users.
Here is a short description of some of the recovery tools.
sfdisk: a partition table tool. Save/restore partition table to/from a file. Use it before and after changing partitions or like right now to save partition definitions.
FSArchiver: It is a flexible system tool that allows you to save the contents of a file-system to a compressed archive file. The file-system can be restored on a partition which has a different size and it can be restored on a different file-system. It provides multi-threading compression and supports xz compression (very high compression level) as well as lzo, gzip and bzip2. Everything is checksummed in the archive in order to protect the data. It supports all standard linux filesystems including ext4 so you should use it if you are interested in Linux backups.
Partimage: It is a disk imaging software. It can be used for backups and hard drive recovery since it works at the block level. Used blocks of a partition are saved to a compressed image file. It can be used to restore your system or data after a hard drive crash or after accidental deletion of data.
TestDisk: Popular disk recovery software. Recovers lost partitions and repairs unbootable systems by repairing boot sectors. It can also be used to recover deleted files from FAT, NTFS and ext2 filesystems. File system recovery is supported for reiserfs, ntfs, fat32, ext2/3 and many others.
PhotoRec: Another data recovery software focused on lost files including video, photos, documents and archives.
GParted: Graphical partition editor displays, checks, resizes, copies, moves, creates, formats, deletes, and modifies partitions.
GNU-Parted: Text based partitioning tool.
GRUB bootloader programs
Each file system has its own tools. For example xfsprogs supports XFS. It allows the user to format an existing partition, to resize another one, … We provide reiserfsprogs for ReiserFS, xfsprogs for XFS, e2fsprogs for ext4, ntfsprogs for NTFS, dosfstools for FAT/VFAT. ntfs-3g allows mounting NTFS partitions with full Read and Write support. Read the manual for information about how to use it.
Tar/gzip/bzip2/xz are provided for Unix users. zip/unzip, unrar for Windows users. It allows users to backup/restore their data from this bootable disc. 7zip which is used on Unix and on Microsoft Windows is also provided.
During a system rescue, you may need to edit system files. nano (a lightweight editor), vim (VI Improved), qemacs (emacs clone) and joe are included. Geany is a graphical text editor for xorg is also available.
Midnight Commander: Text file manager shows directories and files in a graphical display. It is very easy to use, and allows browse, copy, rename, delete, move, search and edit files.
Network Tools are required to configure the network access or transfer data. lftp, ssh (client and server), NFS, and Samba allow you to mount remote file systems Network admin tools include nslookup (DNS-tool), nmap (network exploration), netcat (network piping tool).
A graphical web browser is provided as well as command line utilities such as wget and curl.
Several wiping tools (such as shred and wipe) ensure that files are really erased from the hard disk.
The CD comes with several floppy disk images. These can be used as if they were real boot floppy disks.