System tools

This page tells you more about the important linux software which comes with this system rescue disk.

Linux kernel

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.

Recovery tools

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.


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.

System tools


GParted: Graphical partition editor displays, checks, resizes, copies, moves, creates, formats, deletes, and modifies partitions.


GNU-Parted: Text based partitioning tool.


GRUB bootloader programs

File System specific tools

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.

Archiving tools

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.

Text editors

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

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 utilities

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).

Web Browsers

A graphical web browser is provided as well as command line utilities such as wget and curl.

Dynamic languages

  • Ruby: Object-oriented programming language.
  • Python: Object-oriented programming language.
  • Perl: Many administration scripts are written in perl.

Secure Deletion

Several wiping tools (such as shred and wipe) ensure that files are really erased from the hard disk.

Boot images

The CD comes with several floppy disk images. These can be used as if they were real boot floppy disks.

  • MemTest+ tests the physical memory, and tells if it is damaged or not
  • HDT provides information about the hardware

Manual (EN)
LVM Guide
Disk partitioning

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