PC Rescue Tool



IF YOU FIND GRAMMAR MISTAKES OR IMPERFECTIONS, PLEASE, CONSIDER THAT ENGLISH IS NOT MY NATIVE LANGUAGE! ANY SUGGESTION TO IMPROVE THE ENGLISH TEXT IS WELCOME!



PC RESCUE TOOL IS...

PC Rescue Tool is a Linux based live distro, aimed at PC rescue and diagnostic.

PC Rescue Tool main purposes:
>Diagnostic
>Data recovery from not bootable machines
>Deleted data recovery
>Recovery of damaged partitions
>Disks analysis and partitioning
>Partitions imaging and cloning

PC Rescue Tool comes with default Ubuntu software, to which many other packages were added to build a complete rescue tool that can cover the most common scenarios. Many softwares comes with a GUI, while other programs are executable only via the command line.

PC RESCUE TOOL IS NOT...

PC Rescue Tool
is not a forensic distro, though it comes with a lot of tools usually used in forensics distros too. If you want an investigation targeted tool, look at distros like  C.A.IN.E. and Deft.
PC Rescue Tool is not a pentesting distro: if you want a security focoused live OS, you may want tools like Kali, Parrot OS, Backbox, Pentoo, Black Arch, Cyborg Linux and similar.

MAIN TOOLS:
(This is just a partial list of the programs you find in PC Rescue Tool)
>Data recovery: TESTDISK/PHOTOREC
>Damaged data/partition backup and recovery: DDRESCUE
>Partition manager: PARTED PARTCLONE PARTIMAGE GPART GAPRTED
>Cloning disks and partitions: CLONEZILLA
>Scan for threats: CHKROOTKIT
>File manager: MIDNIGHT COMMANDER
>Tex editors:  VIM, NANO, JOE, JOVE, MCEDIT, GEANY
>Several file system support and utilities
>Compression tools: ZIP, UN ZIP, RAR, UNRAR, P7ZIP, UNACE, DAR, TAR
>Secure deletion: WIPE, SECURE-DELETE
>Network tools: NMAP, SSH, LFTP, SAMBA, WICD, WPASUPLICANT, WIRELESS-TOOLS
>Diagnostic tools: SMARTMONTOOLS
>Change Windows password: CHNTPW

TECHNICAL DATA:
Name:
PC Rescue Tool
ISO weight: about 610 Mb (32 bit); about 616 Mb (64bit)
Kind of distro: rescue, sysadmin, data recovery, diagnostic, cloning, backup...
Based on: Ubuntu 16.04
Created with PinguyBuilder 4.8-3 beta

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PC RESCUE TOOL USAGE

<FIRST: CREATING THE LIVE SUPPORT>

PC Rescue Tool can be booted both from optical (CD/DVD) and USB stick. Note that DVD

To create a live CD/DVD you can use your favorite burning software. Low speed is always recommended in order to avoid errors.

If you want to create a USB stick you can use two main tools, depending on what OS you are running:

1) If you run Windows, Rufus is the best and easiest tool you can use to create a bootable stick. This tutorial will help you using Rufus.
  
2) If you are running Linux, the "dd" command is what you want: the process and the syntax are very simple:

a) Open a terminal emulator
b) Type "cd /path-to-iso/ISO_NAME.iso" (e.g. cd /downloads/pcrt_64bit_20171706.iso)
c) Plug an empty FAT32 formatted USB stick. Gparted is recommended to format the stick.
d)
type "sudo dd if=PCRT.iso of=/dev/sdx"

where sdx is your usb drive. BE CAREFUL! dd is a destructive command, so be careful and don't execute it on your HD! To be shure you are writing the right device, type 

"sudo fdisk -l"


and all your devices will be displayed. If you prefer the GUI, use Gparted.

Press Enter, type your password and the Enter again...

Wait until it's finished (it should take few minutes, depending on the speed of you stick and hubs. A 3.0 stick is recommended)

You are done!  

WARNING!

If you fail creating a PC Rescue Tool bootable USB using dd, you may miss a package and a step...

To fix the problem:

1)
Install syslinux-utils package (using apt, yum, RPM... it depends on your distro "family")
2) Type "isohybrid /path-to-iso/ISO_NAME.iso"
3) Then you can burn your USB using the standard command
"sudo dd if=/path-to-iso/ISO_NAME.iso of=/dev/sdx"


COMMON ERRORS:
1)
when you run dd, you must write the ISO to your device, not your partition: so, it will be (assuming your usb is sdb) /dev/sdb and NOT /dev/sdb1

2)
if you use a not well and correctly formatted usb the installation will fail. Format it as FAT32 using Gparted (I suggest Gparted because it's easy and safe).


<SECOND: HOW PC RESCUE TOOL WORKS>

Once you have booted the live (to run the live you must change the boot order: if you don't know how, take a look here https://www.lifewire.com/change-the-boot-order-in-bios-2624528), the default keyboard map is en_US, so, if you need to change it, type

"sudo loadkeys [YOUR LANGUAGE]" (e.g. sudo loadkeys es; sudo loadkeys de etc...)

If you are already on the GUI, open a terminal emulator and type "setxkbmap [YOUR LANGUAGE]".

Then type "startx" and you will be redirected to Openbox. REMEMBER THAT YOU CAN KEEP ON USING THE CLI, BUT TO SET UP THE WIRELESS NETWORK, IT'S BETTER AND FASTER TO USE THE GUI.
THE GUI HAS ALSO SEVERAL TOOLS YOU CANNOT RUN FROM CLI.
 
OK, let's start!

Using your mouse, put the cursor wherever you want (I suggest on the top of the screen) and right-click.


In the menu, browse to "Terminal Emulator" and type:
"sudo iwconfig" to list your interfaces
"sudo ifconfig [your wifi interface] up"

(e.g.: sudo ifconfig wlp2s0b1 up)

If the last command gives a RF-kill related error message, type:
"sudo rfkill unblock all" and then again:
"sudo ifconfig [your wifi interface] up"


Close the terminal emulator, right-click and browse to "Network Manager": in the drop-down menu on the right, go to "Preferences" and type your wifi interface in "Wireless interface" and then "OK".

Click on "Refresh" and you will see all the wifi networks. Choose yours, click on "Properties", type the password, click "OK" and, finally, "Connect".

You're done!

NOTE:
you may want to switch to the wired interface: to check it type, as above, "sudo iwconfig".

Once you are connected and prompted to the GUI, you can use the drop-down menu to choose the program you need to run. Consider that not all programs need a working connection, but I suggest to connect anyway before you use PC Rescue Tool.
In the sub menu PCRT you will see some of the main "rescue programs": among them, you can find Gparted, Boot-Repair, GDDrescue, Geany and other programs you cannot run from the CLI.
You can exit Openbox and come back to the CLI by clicking on "Exit Openbox" in the drop-down menu.
Running PC Rescue Tool from CLI or GUI is up to you! It depends on your needs.