CD/USB bootable tools

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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

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Main section

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)
  • MHDD
  • 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

Antivirus:

  • 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

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References

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External links

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