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Download the 64-bit version of Rescuezilla: rescuezilla-2.3.1-64bit.impish.iso (recommended). There is also an alternative Rescuezilla v2.3.1 ISO image based on the Ubuntu 20.04 (Focal) long-term support release: rescuezilla-2.3.1-64bit.focal.iso which on some machines may be able to boot more reliably than the recommended Ubuntu 21.10 (Impish) release above.

Flash the Rescuezilla image to a USB stick using balenaEtcher (this will erase all data on your USB stick). Reboot your PC and boot from USB. If you have trouble reaching the desktop, try the 'Graphical Fallback Mode' menu item.

Rescuezilla v2.3.1 fixes the "clone operation stuck at 0%" bug which was introduced in Rescuezilla v2.3.0 last week. Sorry for the oversight. It's recommended all users upgrade:

  • Fixed "Clone always stuck at 0%" issue introduced in v2.3.0 (#297)
  • Added Korean/한국어 translation (ko-KR) (using Weblate)
  • Significantly updated existing Italian/Italiano translation (it-IT) (using Weblate)

I am aiming to release a feature update in February 2022, in addition to the scheduled 6-monthly May 2022 feature update to try and maintain the project's velocity.

Details of all previous releases available in the changelog.

Please consider giving a like on AlternativeTo so that more people can discover Rescuezilla! Thanks to the 49 people who support Rescuezilla by contributing $1/month on the crowdfunding website Patreon.

Compatibility

Rescuezilla creates backups that are fully compatible with the industry-standard Clonezilla tool. Rescuezilla works with images created by:

  • Clonezilla
  • Rescuezilla
  • Every virtual machine image format supported by the qemu-nbd utility. Eg,
    • VirtualBox’s VDI
    • VMWare’s VMDK
    • Qemu’s QCOW2
    • Hyper-V's VHDx
    • raw .dd/.img
    • ...and more!
  • Redo Rescue
  • Foxclone
  • FOG Project (still in-development: only supports Windows MBR/GPT disks due to FOG Project's more advanced image manipulation)
  • FSArchiver (restore only, not explore)
  • Apart GTK
  • Redo Backup and Recovery (v0.9.2 format, v0.9.3-v1.0.4 format and the old community updates)

Bug advisories

Rescuezilla is thoroughly tested using Windows, Linux, and Mac environments. The following are known bugs in v2.3.1. Please regularly consult the following table (and the links below the table) in case new bugs are discovered.

Severity Tracking # Description Fixed in release
Very High #328 A user reported a Rescuezilla backup took only a few seconds for 40GB of data and reported success. When I looked into it, the partclone utility claimed to successfully backup an NTFS partition even though it clearly failed. User reported this problem occurs on Clonezilla too (which uses a very recent version of partclone)
High #254 When making a backup of a Windows drive, some users report the error "Windows is hibernated, refused to mount" or "Error: read-only file system" and a failed backup. This is usually due to Windows' hibernate feature, with widely used workaround to select 'Restart' (not shutdown) from the Windows Start Menu before booting the Rescuezilla USB stick. But some users are reporting even after doing a full restart the problem is now persisting, with the only workaround for these users to disable hibernation entirely (which is definitely not a good solution). This issue is being investigated as part of task #254
Low #168 Rescuezilla uses the version of partclone that’s available in the official Ubuntu repositories, so handling of the uncommon Btrfs filesystem is worse than Clonezilla which uses a more recent partclone version compiled from source. This only matters if you use a Btrfs filesystems using more recent features like "zstd transparent compression", which even many Btrfs filesystem users will not be using. A future version will compile partclone from source like Clonezilla rather than using the older Ubuntu repository versions.

There may be other bugs listed on the Rescuezilla v2.4 development page. If you encounter any additional bugs, please report them (ideally with logs) on the GitHub issues page (after searching for duplicate issues).

Checksums

sha256sum:
23199ec2594a760b0022947b25e7522d2e62ed78263f2bdce6d5a50370489756 rescuezilla-2.3.1-64bit.impish.iso
d0e02196688069c4919cb23024d35b3b9bebbd7ae7c26485227c4e8877aad09d rescuezilla-2.3.1-64bit.focal.iso

sha1sum:
c92b6dacd608032280718b72889595e7d3a3d56c rescuezilla-2.3.1-64bit.impish.iso
3e558c111373d66349aef69c71de390a124970eb rescuezilla-2.3.1-64bit.focal.iso

md5sum:
57313c77ab5cd8d00d7c14c32e0c9862 rescuezilla-2.3.1-64bit.impish.iso
25561a3be8e2844e240ce8bcc0d5db04 rescuezilla-2.3.1-64bit.focal.iso

Discussion and User Support

If you need support, start by checking the frequently asked questions, then proceed to the Rescuezilla forum.

Reviews and Testimonials

You can read reviews of Rescuezilla on AlternativeTo. Please consider joining AlternativeTo and giving the project a like -- as of writing, Rescuezilla has 67 likes compared to Clonezilla's 426 likes, so fewer people are discovering Rescuezilla.

Download

Download the 64-bit version of Rescuezilla: rescuezilla-2.3.1-64bit.impish.iso (recommended). The 32-bit version (for computers made before 2006) will be back next release. Use balenaEtcher to flash the image to a USB drive, reboot your PC and boot from USB. If you would like to see the project continue, please consider supporting the project on Patreon.