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JDT
September 25th, 2009, 05:27 PM
http://www.hirensbootcd.net/


been using it for years now, I dont think I've ever mentioned it here or not... they are now up to v10. Its free and has just about EVERY diagnostic / utility and even a live boot to a limited xp environment. I can not say enough good things about this offering.... :D

ps.. you can also put this package on a bootable flash drive....

Chuck(G)
September 25th, 2009, 06:23 PM
Add to that Knoppix, Gparted and UBCD live CDs.

lutiana
September 25th, 2009, 07:49 PM
I have my own "3-in-1" cd I made.

Part 1, boot the disc and have access to:




1. Boot from Harddisk
2. OS Boot Disks
1. Windows 98SE
2. Windows 95b
3. Dos 6.22
4. Dos 6.21
5. Dos 5
6. Windows ME
7. Bare Boot - Windows 98SE
3. Hard Drive Diagnostics
1. IBM Fitness Test
2. Power MAX Diagnostic
3. Western Digital Diags 11
4. Intentionally left Blank
5. Fujitsu Diagnostics
6. SeaTools
7. Test Disk Partition Recovery
4. Imaging Utilities
1. Ghost 2002
2. Ghost 2003
3. Ghost 8.0
5. Partition Utilities
1. Partition Magic 7.0
2. Partition Magic 8.0
6. Hardware Utilities
1. Norton Utilities for DOS
2. PC Pro Diagnostics
3. Simm Tester
4. Memtest 86+
7. Shell Utitilties
1. Norton Commander 5.0 w/ NTFS for DOS


Part 2, is a Windows Autorun menu system and it includes a ton of Windows apps for repairing systems, gathering data on them and just cleaning them out.

And Part 3 is ERD Commander 2005 from Sysinternals. Does a very good job of resurrecting dead windows machines, resetting passwords, analyzing error logs, editing the registry etc.

I need to re-think this and bring out a new version that has more tools or at least updated tools.

I have used UBCD and was impressed by it. I like the look of Hiren's BootCD and may try it at some point.

curtis
September 30th, 2009, 08:49 AM
I thought a technician's best friend was a VERY BIG hammer!

JDT
September 30th, 2009, 06:50 PM
I thought a technician's best friend was a VERY BIG hammer!

No, that is the "specialised server calibration tool", we have one at work, 6lb sledge, for "fixing" shipping damage to chassis, usually due to very insufficient pack... and when informed of non-warranty coverage, they usually decline to get it fixed... so we "fix" it ourselves.

Lord Moz
October 30th, 2009, 04:15 PM
I've found that the Trinity Rescue Kit is extremely handy in many cases.
Saved me from fsck'd up NTFS systems, lost passwords, and all kinds of other things.

I love the irony of Linux fixing/saving Windows problems too :D

http://trinityhome.org/Home/index.php?wpid=1&front_id=12