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InfoWorld: Rescue, Linux style

Aug 23, 2002, 20:30 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Pavlicek)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

Back in June, I wrote a column about the problems inherent with the ubiquitous Windows rescue CDs that seem to come with most name-brand PCs these days... This week, I thought it would be useful to discuss some tools that can rescue a Linux system.

"Before dealing with the tools, let's consider the reasons for rescuing a Linux system. You don't normally 'reload' Linux software. Why? There is no reason to do so. As with the BSDs, Linux does not tend to corrupt itself. Nor does installing software corrupt the system, thanks to package managers, such as RPM and dpkg, which keep new software from damaging existing programs. No, you generally rescue a Linux system when a piece of hardware, such as a disk drive, has failed.

"In a typical Windows rescue, the offending hardware is replaced, the hard drive is wiped clean, and the software reinstalled. The result is a perfectly usable system--but one devoid of the data and documents that matter to you..."

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