If you accidentally delete data or format a disk, good advice can be expensive. Or maybe not: You can undo many data losses with SystemRescueCd.

The price for mass storage devices of all types has been falling steadily in recent years, with a simultaneous increase in capacity. As a result, users are storing more and more data on local storage media – often without worrying about backing it up. Once the milk has been spilled, the anxious search begins for important photos, videos, correspondence, and spreadsheets. SystemRescueCd can help in these cases by providing a comprehensive toolbox for every computer, with the possibility of restoring lost items.

The Gentoo derivative is a hybrid image for 32- and 64-bit computers that comes in just under 470MB [1]. The entire distro fits on a CD, so it is also suitable for use on older systems. To boot the operating system from a USB stick, use the commands:

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