Web site: crashrecovery.org
Desktop environment: CLI
Architecture: x86, x86_64, SPARC
Based on: Mandrake
Media: Live CD/Floppy
The last version | Released: 220.127.116.11 | May 18, 2005
Crash Recovery Kit for Linux (CRK) – a specialist Linux distribution contains a tool which can recover your crashed PC.
CRK doesn’t use any graphical desktop environment, it works in text mode only.
The older versions were based on Red Hat Linux, but the latest ones on Mandrake Linux (newer name: Mandriva).
Using CRK you can do, for example:
– recovery of a trashed LILO boot record. How many times does it happen that some person installs windows 98/95 after he/she installed Linux? Well in that case windows 9X just overwrites the MBR record and Linux won’t be able to boot anymore.
– backup over the network in the form of tar.gz tarballs. Both FAT16, FAT32, ext2 and all filesystems which Linux supports in a read/write fashion can be taken care of. The strong part of the CRK is when a disk is replaced or repartitioning is being done. The CRK boots a complete mini Linux with networking where all possible hardware which is inside the Linux kernel is available.
– testing hardware of new Intel based machines.
– detecting versions and types of hardware. The Linux kernel holds a large database of hardware supported. Booting a Linux kernel doesn’t only resolve if the hardware is ok, it also show its specs. This can be handy if one wants to check-out an old/new PC which is for sale.
– recovery of a misconfigured or hacked Linux system. Well that can happen. /etc/fstab can be wrong or the root password is unknown etc.
– make a tape backup of a disk which can’t be booted anymore.
The distribution is available for x86, x86_64 and SPARC machines.
Crash Recovery Kit for Linux developer is Robert M. Stockmann.