Software Update: Rescuezilla 2.2

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Version 2.2 of Rescuezilla has been released. This program can create an image backup of a partition or hard drive. It can also be used to clone a hard drive, or view the contents of an image and copy individual files from it. Rescuezilla is fully compatible with Clonezilla and can handle virtual images from, for example, VirtualBox, VMware, Hyper-V and QEMU. It can also resize partitions and recover accidentally deleted files. The release notes for this release can be found below.

release notes

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. Rescuezilla v2.2 adds the highly-requested ‘cloning’ feature, support for virtual machine images and more. Here is a partial list of what’s changed:

  • Implemented cloning (direct device-to-device mode) (#47)
  • Added ability to restore and explore all virtual machine image formats supported by qemu-nbd (#192)
    (VirtualBox’s VDI, VMWare’s VMDK, Qemu’s QCOW2, HyperV’s VHDx, raw .dd/.img and many more)
  • Added ability to restore and explore images created by all remaining open-source imaging frontends (#194)
    (Redo Rescue, Foxclone, FSArchiver, Redo v0.9.2 and very-early handling of FOG Project images)
  • Added ability to customize compression format (gzip, zstandard, uncompressed) and compression level (#170)
  • Implemented remaining Clonezilla image restore logic to improve handling of many corner cases: (#146)
    • Grows filesystem to fit partition size (but almost always filesystem size is already equal to partition size)
    • Runs filesystem check on all restored filesystems
    • Clears the NTFS volume dirty flag, for source during backup/clone and destination for restore/clone
    • Removes the udev MAC address records (if any) using Clonezilla script
    • Re-install the syslinux bootloader (if any) using Clonezilla script
    • Re-install the GRUB bootloader (if any) using Clonezilla script
    • Update initramfs (if any) using Clonezilla script
    • Relocates all NTFS filesystems using geometry from sfdisk or (if available) EDD (Enhanced Disk Device)
    • Restores LVM VG metadata with –force to match a recent Clonezilla patch referring to thin-pool LVs
    • Ensures each LVM VG metadata once is only restored once to support newer versions of vgcfgrestore
    • Updates EFI NVRAM for the boot device
  • Replaces Ubuntu 20.10 (Groovy) build with build based on Ubuntu 21.04 (Hirsute) for best support of new hardware
  • Added option to shutdown or reboot after operation completes successfully (#165)
  • Added ability to connect to NFS and SSH (SFTP) network shared folders (#81, #118)
  • Added ability to write a description for backup images (#137)
  • Added ability to make a screenshot by pressing Print Screen (#166)
  • Switched to using website to manage translations:
  • Added translations:
    • Swedish/Svenska (sv-SE) (#186)
    • Turkish/Turkce (tr-TR) (#89)
    • Chinese (Simplified)/中文(简体) (zh-CN) (#191)
    • Chinese (Traditional)/中文(繁體) (zh-hant)
    • Norwegian Bokmål/Norsk Bokmål (nb-NO)
    • Russian/Русский (ru-RU)
    • Dansk/Danish (da-DK)

For full details available in the changelog.

Rescuezilla has a 6 monthly release cycle, so the next version should be released in November 2021. Though usually there are smaller releases before then for bug fixes and also translation updates.

Version number 2.2
Release status Final
Website rescuezilla
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License type GPL
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