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==Summary==
 
==Summary==
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A sick computer may not be able to boot, and if it does, it any malware which gets itself running before your software tools can modify their behaviour to hide itself or give confusing results. Tools which boot independently of the installed operating system cat treat it purely as static data to give a completely objective view.
  
==Main section==
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==Boot managers==
[http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/index.html Plop] boot manager - useful if you can't get the BIOS to boot from USB and many other situations.
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* [http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager/index.html Plop] is boot manager which can be useful if you can't get the BIOS to boot from USB and many other situations.
  
The following can be combined onto a single memory stick or CD:
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==Hardware Diagnostics and Utilities==
*Spinrite (licence required)
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The following can be combined onto a single DOS-based memory stick or CD:
*MHDD
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* Spinrite (licence required)
*Gold Memory - memory tester
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* MHDD
*memtst - another memory tester
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* Gold Memory - memory tester
*MHDD - hard disk diagnostics
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* memtst - another memory tester
*hdderase - secure hard disk erase
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* MHDD - hard disk diagnostics
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* hdderase - secure hard disk erase
  
Rescue/Recovery Tools:
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Other utilities:
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* dban - Disk Boot And Nuke - bootable hard disk secure erase
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* Clonezilla - useful for backup and cloning hard disks.
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* Light weight Linux, e.g. Puppy Linux or Linux Mint Xfce edition. Useful to have gparted installed.
  
(More details on these in http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/emergency-repair-disks-for-windows-part-1/ - Windows Secrets subscription may be required.)
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==Bootable Rescue/Recovery Tools==
*Hiren's BootCD
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(More details on these can be found in http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/emergency-repair-disks-for-windows-part-1/ - Windows Secrets subscription may be required.)
*Trinity Rescue Kit - text-based, designed mainly for Windows but also including a Linux command line.
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* Hiren's BootCD
*Ultimate BootCD - text-based, with over 100 repair/restore/diagnostic tools.
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* Trinity Rescue Kit - text-based, designed mainly for Windows but also including a Linux command line.
*SystemRescueCD - Basic repair/recovery tools in a hybrid tex/graphical Linux environment.
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* Ultimate BootCD - text-based, with over 100 repair/restore/diagnostic tools.
*Ubuntu Rescue Remix - almost entirely Linux command line based, offering a range of open source data recovery, repair and forensic tools.
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* SystemRescueCD - Basic repair/recovery tools in a hybrid tex/graphical Linux environment.
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* Ubuntu Rescue Remix - almost entirely Linux command line based, offering a range of open source data recovery, repair and forensic tools.
  
dban - Disk Boot And Nuke - hard disk secure erase
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==Antivirus==
 
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* Sophos bootable Antivirus
Antivirus:
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* Kaspersky Rescue - linux GUI based - periodically boot it to update signatures. Also useful for examining unbootable windows system.
*Sophos bootable Antivirus
 
*Kaspersky Rescue - linux GUI based - periodically boot it to update signatures. Also useful for examining unbootable windows system.
 
 
 
Clonezilla - useful for backup and cloning hard disks.
 
 
 
Puppy Linux or other small live linux. Useful to have gparted installed.
 
  
 
==Safety==
 
==Safety==
Consider whether your page should include a specific section on safety, if for example it deals with mains-powered equipment or high voltages, or if special care is required in handling hot or sharp tools, or hazardous substances.
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Bootable utilities can cause data loss if misused, or if you're seriously out of luck. Always ensure that essential data is backed up if possible before starting work, and ensure the owner understands and is content to run with the risk.
  
 
==References==
 
==References==

Revision as of 16:24, 11 January 2015

This page covers useful stand-alone tools that can be booted from a CD or USB memory stick.

N.B. Initially, this may be no more than a list of headings and external links.

Summary

A sick computer may not be able to boot, and if it does, it any malware which gets itself running before your software tools can modify their behaviour to hide itself or give confusing results. Tools which boot independently of the installed operating system cat treat it purely as static data to give a completely objective view.

Boot managers

  • Plop is boot manager which can be useful if you can't get the BIOS to boot from USB and many other situations.

Hardware Diagnostics and Utilities

The following can be combined onto a single DOS-based memory stick or CD:

  • Spinrite (licence required)
  • MHDD
  • Gold Memory - memory tester
  • memtst - another memory tester
  • MHDD - hard disk diagnostics
  • hdderase - secure hard disk erase

Other utilities:

  • dban - Disk Boot And Nuke - bootable hard disk secure erase
  • Clonezilla - useful for backup and cloning hard disks.
  • Light weight Linux, e.g. Puppy Linux or Linux Mint Xfce edition. Useful to have gparted installed.

Bootable Rescue/Recovery Tools

(More details on these can be found in http://windowssecrets.com/top-story/emergency-repair-disks-for-windows-part-1/ - Windows Secrets subscription may be required.)

  • Hiren's BootCD
  • Trinity Rescue Kit - text-based, designed mainly for Windows but also including a Linux command line.
  • Ultimate BootCD - text-based, with over 100 repair/restore/diagnostic tools.
  • SystemRescueCD - Basic repair/recovery tools in a hybrid tex/graphical Linux environment.
  • Ubuntu Rescue Remix - almost entirely Linux command line based, offering a range of open source data recovery, repair and forensic tools.

Antivirus

  • Sophos bootable Antivirus
  • Kaspersky Rescue - linux GUI based - periodically boot it to update signatures. Also useful for examining unbootable windows system.

Safety

Bootable utilities can cause data loss if misused, or if you're seriously out of luck. Always ensure that essential data is backed up if possible before starting work, and ensure the owner understands and is content to run with the risk.

References

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External links

  • External links as bullet points