Ubuntu Rescue Remix12.04
As its name suggests, Ubuntu Rescue Remix is an open source distribution of Linux based off of Ubuntu, the world’s most popular free operating system, and designed to be used for system rescue and data recovery operations.
It’s distributed as a minimal, dual-arch Live CD
This special, unofficial Ubuntu remix is distributed as a minimal, dual-arch Live CD ISO image that will support both 32-bit (i386) and 64-bit (amd64) hardware platforms. You must write the ISO image to a CD disc or a USB thumb drive of 512MB or higher capacity in order to boot it from the BIOS of a PC.
The boot prompt is instructional and handy
Despite the fact that it’s based on Ubuntu, the distribution provides an instructional and handy boot prompt, where you must type “live” and press the Enter key to boot the live system, or use the “vga” option to boot in safe graphics mode. Additionally, you can perform a system memory diagnostic test using the “memtest” option.
Users will be dropped to a shell prompt
Be aware when using this Live CD that you will be dropped to a shell prompt, where you must know how to use the command-line in order to perform various rescue and recovery tasks.
Among the pre-installed programs, we can mention the GNU ddrescue data recovery tool, Photorec image and video recovery software, The Sleuth Kit digital forensic analysis tool, Gnu-fdisk partition editor, ClamAV anti-virus and ddrutility, a tool to diagnose files damaged by inaccessible blocks on a disk image.
There are better system rescue Live CDs out there
The truth is that there are better Live CDs for system rescue operations, which include a minimal graphical desktop environment or window manager, helping newbies to recover lost data from damaged hard disk drives, solid state drives or USB thumb drives, as well as to repair broken OSes.