Open-Source Tools to the Rescue

By Jim Rapoza  |  Posted 2004-09-13 Print this article Print

SystemRescueCD is a great tool that provides lots of capable features for repartitioning, imaging and repairing computer systems.

In eWEEK Labs—as in any IT environment where systems need to be constantly copied, upgraded and repaired—any tool that makes these tasks easier is greatly appreciated. Recently, when attempting to resize partitions on a Labs system and not being able to find any of our commercial products for doing so, I came across SystemRescueCD, a great open-source tool that provided lots of capable features for repartitioning, imaging and repairing computer systems.

To use SystemRescueCD, I simply downloaded a 100MB ISO image and burned a CD from it. When I booted a system from this disk, it automatically loaded a bootable Linux system that provided several useful system management tools. For my purposes, the best tool in the SystemRescueCD is QtParted, a graphical partition management tool that let me create, delete and resize any partition on my systems, including Linux partitions and NTFS partitions. QtParted, which will look familiar to anyone who has used Symantecs PartitionMagic, worked very well on a wide variety of systems.

Also on the CD were drive-imaging tools, which, while capable, were not as effective as tools such as Symantecs Ghost. I also appreciated that the CD provided network access upon booting up.

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Jim Rapoza, Chief Technology Analyst, eWEEK.For nearly fifteen years, Jim Rapoza has evaluated products and technologies in almost every technology category for eWEEK. Mr Rapoza's current technology focus is on all categories of emerging information technology though he continues to focus on core technology areas that include: content management systems, portal applications, Web publishing tools and security. Mr. Rapoza has coordinated several evaluations at enterprise organizations, including USA Today and The Prudential, to measure the capability of products and services under real-world conditions and against real-world criteria. Jim Rapoza's award-winning weekly column, Tech Directions, delves into all areas of technologies and the challenges of managing and deploying technology today.

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