CD/USB bootable tools
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.
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Plop boot manager - 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:
- Spinrite (licence required)
- Gold Memory - memory tester
- memtst - another memory tester
- MHDD - hard disk diagnostics
- hdderase - secure hard disk erase
dban - Disk Boot And Nuke - hard disk secure erase
- 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.
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- External links as bullet points