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Get Rescuezilla

Follow the steps below to create a Rescuezilla USB stick that you can boot your computer from.

Getting Started

1. Download the latest live image

Download the latest 64-bit version of Rescuezilla: rescuezilla-1.0.6.1-64bit.iso (recommended).

Read what's new, and any bug advisories. For computers made before ~2007, a 32-bit version is available.

Please note: Rescuezilla is currently only suitable for backup and restore of whole hard drives. It is not yet well-suited for restoring partitions individually, as might be desired for users with dual-boot systems. Even with this limitation Rescuezilla is still useful for many end-users.

Rescuezilla v1.0.7 will be released in a few months and will be a major upgrade, adding support for backup and restoring images in Clonezilla format, in addition to restoring partitions individually.

2. Write the image to a USB

You'll need to write the image to a USB drive using a program such as balenaEtcher which works on Windows, Mac and Linux. This step will completely erase any data on your USB stick.

3. Support Rescuezilla

Consider contributing $1/month on the crowdfunding website Patreon so Rescuezilla can continue to be developed.

4. Reboot your computer

Rescuezilla does not run from inside Windows or any other operating system because it is one! You must restart your computer with the USB inserted in order to use Rescuezilla. To boot from the USB, you may need to press a key such as F8 or F12 while your computer is starting up.

After the USB boots, you will have a mini operating system loaded into memory which will launch Rescuezilla. It will not install anything to your hard drive, and you decide which hard drive to save backup images.

System Requirements

  • PC (Intel/AMD compatible)
  • 1GB RAM (2GB recommended)
  • USB stick (faster the better, this stick will be completely erased to hold Rescuezilla itself)
  • External USB hard drive (with enough free space to hold your backup images)

Rescuezilla needs your support.

Contribute $1/month on the crowdfunding website Patreon so Rescuezilla can continue to be developed