Ubuntu Rescue Remix is a GNU/Linux live system which runs from CD or USB flash device. It provides the data recovery specialist with a command-line interface environment equipped with the best free-libre, open source data recovery and forensics tools available.

Version 12.04

Version 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) of the very best Free-Libre Open-Source data recovery software toolkit based on Ubuntu is out.

Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix provides a robust yet lean system for data recovery and forensics. No graphical interface is used; the live system can boot and function normally on machines with very little memory or processor power. Following Ubuntu's six-month release schedule, all the software is up-to-date, stable and supported.

Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix features a full command-line environment with the newest versions of the most powerful free/libre open-source data recovery software including GNU ddrescue, Photorec, The Sleuth Kit, Gnu-fdisk and Clamav.

This release features ddrutility, a new tool written by Scott Dwyer to identify files affected by unrecoverable blocks on a disk image.

Download the Rescue-Remix here:

Version 11.10

Version 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) of the very best Free-Libre Open-Source data recovery software toolkit based on Ubuntu is out.

Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix provides a robust yet lean system for data recovery and forensics. No graphical interface is used; the live system can boot and function normally on machines with very little memory or processor power. Following Ubuntu's six-month release schedule, all the software is up-to-date, stable and supported.

Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix features a full command-line environment with the newest versions of the most powerful free/libre open-source data recovery software including GNU ddrescue, Photorec, The Sleuth Kit, Gnu-fdisk and Clamav.

Using the Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix metapackage, you can install the toolkit on any Ubuntu system as well. You can include it on your Ubuntu Desktop live USB with persistent data.

*** Download the live CD/USB ***

The live Remix provides a full shell environment. You can download it here:

Case Study: Unformattable drive

Summary: Windows XP cannot install on a computer running a non-windows operating system.

Details: During the installation procedure, the drive's partition table is accessible and modifiable, but the newly installed Windows XP operating system does not boot.

The problem is that the former operating system's bootloader is installed on the MBR and the XP installation disc assumes that standard DOS boot code is present, simply marking the XP partition as bootable and assuming the bios will start Windows when the machine powers on. In this case, the BIOS executes the boot code which looks for the previous operating system.

The solution is to either write a DOS MBR to the first 440 bytes of the drive, or completely erase the first 512 bytes which will wipe out the MBR and partition table. Windows will assume the drive is blank and properly install an MBR on it.

cat /proc/partitions

This will list the partitions present on the computer. Find the appropriate device. Here, let's assume it's sda. *USE THE CORRECT DEVICE* or you will delete the partition table on the wrong device.

sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=1

Version 11.04

Version 11.04 (Natty Narwhal) of the very best Free-Libre Open-Source data recovery software toolkit based on Ubuntu is out.

This version features and up-to-date infrastructure and several new packages including Dump, a backup and restore solution as well as Clamav, the best in free-libre Antivirus software.

Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix features a full command-line environment with the newsest versions of the most powerful free/libre open-source data recovery software including GNU ddrescue, Photorec, The Sleuth Kit and Gnu-fdisk.

*** Download the live CD/USB ***

The live Remix provides a full shell environment. You can download it here:

http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/files/URR/iso/UbuntuRescueRemix1104.iso
md5sum 3b5a692ee1080cc8ed8dfcedec09a321 UbuntuRescueRemix1104.iso
size = 224M

See this link for details about how to burn the ISO image to make a bootable cd. Those instructions apply to the original Ubuntu iso image but will also work with all other iso images.

Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix is one of ten essential Linux Admin Tools

Linux Magazine lists Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix as a Linux Rescue CD that is essential for System Administrators:

"System Administrators (SAs) need a set of tools with which to manage their often unmanageable systems and environments*. These ten essential Linux administration tools provide excellent support for the weary SA. Those listed aren’t your standard list of tools deemed essential by industry bystanders. These are tools that have proven track records and have stood the test of time in the data center."

Another Ubuntu-related tool they highly recommend is byobu.

In other top-ten lists:

Last April, Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix was mentioned on TechRepublic as one of "10 Linux rescue tools for recovering Linux, Windows, or Mac machines"

Version 10.10

Version 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat) of the very best Free-Libre Open-Source data recovery software toolkit based on Ubuntu is out.

Same toolkit - updated infrastructure.

This release of Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix features a full command-line environment with up-to-date versions of the most powerful free/libre open-source data recovery software including GNU ddrescue, Photorec, The Sleuth Kit and Gnu-fdisk.

*** Download the live CD/USB ***

The live Remix provides a full shell environment. You can download it here:

http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/files/URR/iso/ubuntu-rescue-remix-10-10.iso
2bde4144c02178bdb3f19fb686616783 ubuntu-rescue-remix-10-10.iso

See this link for details about how to burn the ISO image to make a bootable cd. Those instructions apply to the original Ubuntu iso image but will also work with all other iso images.

Canadian Copyright Reform may jeopardize Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix

The Canadian minority Conservative Government has introduced new copyright legislation that would seem to legalize activities commonly engaged in by thousands of Canadians — such as copying a CD. But the key provision to this bill is the criminalization of the breaking of digital locks placed on gadgets and media, no matter how trivial. This provision negates any of the seemingly positive aspects of the bill.

So while the bill specifically mentions that making backups of the songs or movies you have purchased is OK, that recording televisions shows for later viewing is OK, or that ripping and burning copyrighted content for the use of parody or satire is OK, if the publisher decides to put a copy-protection method in place, you will be guilty of breaking the law of you do any of the activities I just mentioned!

Read the CBC story here

In short, if a publisher decides to put a digital lock on any content, you, the consumer, have no rights to use the content as you wish (no matter that the other clauses of this bill say you do!)

Version 10.04

Version 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) of the very best Free-Libre Open-Source data recovery software toolkit based on Ubuntu is out.

This release of Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix features a full command-line environment with up-to-date versions of the most powerful free/libre open-source data recovery software including GNU ddrescue, Photorec, The Sleuth Kit and Gnu-fdisk. Packages new to the Rescue Remix include aoetools, array-info, ext3-grep, gptsync, kpartx, and scrounge-ntfs.

*** Download the live CD/USB ***

The live Remix provides a full shell environment. You can download it here:

http://ubuntu-rescue-remix.org/files/URR/iso/ubuntu-rescue-remix-10-04.iso

MD5SUM: 2fce54ac4825aa305f1b68b61d2cb405 ubuntu-rescue-remix-10-04.iso

Taking requests

Hello everybody.

I will begin working on the Ubuntu-Rescue-Remix alpha release next week.

Please make any requests for packages or features before the 25th so that I can try to get them into the next release.

That means if you are fond of a particular data recovery or forensics application that is not already included in the Rescue-Remix, speak up!

Cheers!

Andrew

This will only hurt a little....

I set up some spam filters to repress some (actually, a few hundred) spam posts in the past week.

Please bear with me if you have tried to post a forum topic or Case study and it was been marked as spam. I am truly sorry for the hassle. I will adjust the spam filters to minimize the inconvenience.

Thanks.

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