Downloading and burning


SystemRescueCd is provided as an ISO image file to be burned to a CD and will produce a bootable CDRom. SystemRescueCd cannot be executed as part of your original operating system.

You can download the ISO image file with your favourite browser. Sometimes, the file is shown in the navigator’s main window instead of being downloaded. If you have problems, download the file using wget which is often installed by default under Linux, or get a windows version of wget. Downloading using wget is easy. You just need to run the following command in a terminal (cmd.exe on windows)

wget address-of-the-iso-file

Once the file is downloaded, check that there was no error by comparing the checksum matches the one shows on the download page. You can run md5sum on the iso file to get the checksum of your local copy.


You can burn the ISO image file with most burning software. Under Windows, Nero does this very well but you can also use ImgBurn which is free.

Under Linux, you can use graphical programs such as k3b, xfburn, brasero or command line programs such as wodim.

Burning with wodim is easy. First, type wodim --devices in order to get the identifier for your device. Then, type the following to actually burn an iso image:

wodim dev=/dev/scXX -v systemrescuecd-x86-x.y.z.iso

For instance:

wodim dev=/dev/sr0 speed=8 -v systemrescuecd-x86-x.y.z.iso

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