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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 version of the Rescuezilla live image from here.

2. Write the image to a USB

You'll need to write the image to a USB using a program such as balenaEtcher which works on Windows, Mac and Linux.

3. 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.

4. Speedup if more than 16GB RAM present

Due to a bug internal to Linux, if you have 16GB RAM of greater your backup/restore speed will be VERY slow unless you press 'tab' at the boot menu and modify the line that pops up so it ends in "quiet mem=9G splash --" instead of "quiet splash --" then press enter. The next version of Rescuezilla will have a permanent fix for this issue.

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 Drive (faster the better)