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System recovery CD's





quartz
Hi,
Do you know some good boot/recovery CD for PC problems solving?

I have some of them:

Hiren's boot CD (i think the best)
Based on DOS with easy menu and many usefull tools.

http://homepage.ntlworld.com/hiren.thanki/bootcd.html

Ultimate boot CD
You can boot mini Windows from CD and use many tools on CD to repair your windows instalation.

http://www.ubcd4win.com/

System Rescue CD
Based on Linux. You can access all linux, FAT and NTFS partitions.

http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page
Tic-Tacs
If I used one of these CD's after my computer has crashed, would it boot up in MS-DOS? I've used MS-DOS to repair a computer before but I'm not very good at it. Would you have to use your own commands or do they have their own tools to fix your computer?
Nyizsa
I think any OS on a live CD can come handy in emergency situations. (So far I know only about several Linux distros.) Knoppix saved my situation once...
And if your system is damaged beyond repair, you can at least save your data.
ocalhoun
Nyizsa wrote:
Knoppix saved my situation once...

Mine too. I suppose it's little known, but if you know how, you can use knoppix to bypass all file permissions in any linux distro. (So you can access root-only files when you forget the root password, as I did.)
My favourite, however is the ultimate boot CD (open-source version).
It contains several bootable linux distros, a bootable virus scanner, and myriad utilities for diagnostics and repair.

The very best, though, is Microscope. It's quite expensive (around $200), but it is bootable, and provides the BEST hardware diagnostics ever.
For example, I used it to diagnose a PC I was working on, and not only did it find that the hard drive was bad, It told me head 16 on the hard drive had crashed. It's very precise.
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