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System Rescue CD on USB drive

SystemRescueCd is a Linux system on a bootable CD-ROM for repairing your system and recovering your data after a crash. It aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the partitions of the hard disk. It contains a lot of system utilities (parted, partimage, fstools, ...) and basic tools (editors, midnight commander, network tools). It is very easy to use: just boot the CDROM. The kernel supports most of the important file systems (ext2/ext3, reiserfs, reiser4, xfs, jfs, vfat, ntfs, iso9660), as well as network filesystems (samba and nfs).

Preparing the USB stick under Windows


  1. Insert your USB stick. We will suppose it is detected as E:
  2. Format your USB stick with a FAT file system
  3. Copy the following files to the root of the USB drive (you can use ISOBuster to extract the files from the .iso image)
    • syslinux\syslinux.cfg
    • sysrcd.dat
    • isolinux\*
    • bootdisk\*
  4. Move E:\syslinux\syslinux.cfg to the root of E:\
  5. Extract syslinux.exe from syslinux\syslinux-3.51.zip file located on the CDRom/ISO image, and run the following command:
    syslinux -sf E:
  6. The USB stick should be ready. Don't forget to change your BIOS settings in order to have USB drives bootable.
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