Rescuezilla Reviews

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Full disclosure: I am the maintainer of Rescuezilla, which is the continuation of the abandoned Redo Backup and Recovery project.

This short review will try and be fair/objective with the strengths and weaknesses of the latest version of Rescuezilla. If this review is not objective, please mark the review as 'Not helpful'. Either way, please post your own reviews/ratings of Rescuezilla.

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The current latest version of Rescuezilla is useful for many use-cases:

  • It provides disk imaging (what Clonezilla calls "device-image" mode)

  • It does not provide disk cloning (what Clonezilla calls "device-device" mode)

  • It does not provide fine-grain backup/restore of individual files, or ability to navigate and extract files from existing backups.

  • It only supports legacy boot. It does not support booting on EFI machines without workaround. It can backup/restore all partitions on EFI-only machines no problem.

  • Restoring partitions is an all-or-nothing thing. It also modifies the partition table. Rescuezilla is not yet a tool that can surgically move a single partition between machines.

  • There is no ability to resize partitions automatically. After confirming your system boots, you need to reboot into Rescuezilla again and use the GParted tool to manually resize the partitions.

  • Rescuezilla is extremely easy to use. By far easiest to use backup/restore app in the world.

  • Only available in 32-bit (a 64-bit version will be available soon)

  • On systems with 16GB RAM of greater, Rescuezilla is much slower than Clonezilla unless you use this workaround (will be fixed next release)

  • There are lots of small annoying things affecting usability. Doesn't even have a 'back' button!

  • Rescuezilla is currently only available as an ISO image. It's not in any random Linux distribution's package manager. (This will eventually change)

  • The help/support provided to end-users is top notch (extremely detailed replies within 24 hours, continued support until your problems are fixed)

This makes the latest version of Rescuezilla useful for:

  • Transferring an operating system disk between computers using an external harddrive as temporary storage (if you use Linux, be aware that the hard drives listed in fstab need to be present for your new system to boot)
  • Long-term backup of carefully configured systems, to save time rebuilding the OS from scratch.

This is where Rescuezilla is currently at. It is being actively developed and will eventually fix all these limitations. Even with these limitations, it is still useful and increasingly widely-used. I recommend you try it. Let me know if you have any issues with Rescuezilla. The Rescuezilla maintainer (myself) is very responsive and responds to all user support requests with thorough replies.

Sustainability

Developing a sustainable funding model is crucial for the continued development of Rescuezilla. The original Redo Backup and Recovery tool developed between 2010-2012 didn’t get this right, and the project died because of it. Please consider becoming a Patreon. With your support Rescuezilla will continue and become everything it should be. If you are not in a position to support this project, I understand.

Either way, all users of Rescuezilla should consider giving this project (and reviews you agree with) a 'like'.

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I've used REDO for many years. 2 Linux rescues and 1 windows rescue.

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Very good

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Does the same thing as CloneZilla Live (which is very good too), but much more user-friendly! (graphical GUI instead of text-based menus)

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Exactly what I needed

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Works very well and extremely easy to use as it's wizard-driven, using a stripped-down, customised Ubuntu OS and GUI.
Also comes with a few other useful disk utils such as GParted for partition editing, and if you really want to you can use Terminal for command line interaction.

I wanted to transfer my partner's Windows 7 image from an old 500 Gb HDD to a new (smaller) 480Gb SSD before performing and upgrade to Windows 10. I was able to do everything I needed to using just ReDo (and Virtual Box), which made things so much simpler.

For anyone curious, my process required:

  1. Backing up to a NAS over the network
  2. Restoring the image to a Virtual Box VM
  3. Booting the VM into ReDo so that I could used GParted to edit the partition size down from 500Gb to less that 480Gb (I could have done this prior to step 1 but I didn't want to make any changes to the original disk)
  4. Backing up a new image of the smaller partition back to the NAS
  5. Restoring to SSD

Tip: When restoring to a smaller disk, you will need to edit the .size file included in your backup directory to match the size of the disk you want to restore to. ReDo checks this file before restoring and if your target disk is smaller than the source it won't allow you continue, even if the amount of data and partition size from the source disk are within capacity.

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but only runs on Live CD Only and This apps is discontinued on November 2012

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Redo Backup and Recovery has a new, active maintainer and has been renamed 'Rescuezilla'.

Rescuezilla v1.0.5 was released on November 8 2019.