I’ve covered a boatload of free Live CDs (a boot disk on a CD) in the last few years, including – Boot, Recovery, Rescue, Antivirus, and so on. To work effectively with such tools generally demands a very high level of user experience with operating systems, which effectively restricts usage to geeks or, the occasional very daring newbie.
I’ve just spent a week, or so, testing BootMed, a Ubuntu Linux driven set of recovery tools which is a little different than most such tool sets – it’s much more new user friendly.
On launch, BootMed defaults to Firefox which opens on the developer’s site – “What can BootMed do”.
That’s a bit of a twist on most recovery tools/disks/applications, since the developer has recognized that not all users have the practical background, or the experience, to work with these types of tools unaided.
The tutorials (walk- throughs) on this page (What can BootMed do) – shown below – should make working with the specific applications included on the CD/DVD much easier for less experienced users than it would be otherwise. Kudos to the developer on this one.
- Troubleshoot Windows Boot Problems
- Copy files from a computer that will not boot to a pen drive or external hard drive
- Scan for viruses with
- Make a forensic image of a damaged or corrupted hard drive with dd-rescue and recover files from the image
- Recover deleted files with:
- Recover a deleted partition with TestDisk
More experienced users will simply venture straight to the Desktop to access the available tools.
The following screen capture illustrates the applications available.
Note: Under “Applications”, additional tools are available.
You can see from the following screen capture, BootMed allows the user to access all attached devices (and their files), from the “Computer” icon.
The following two graphics show the AV’s available. Both AVs will automatically update their definition database – provided the PC is connected to the Internet.
McAfee’s Stinger – a stand-alone utility used to detect and remove specific viruses.
ClamWin Free Antivirus – ClamWin is a free antivirus designed for Windows.
Two file recovery applications are available including PhotoRec, a powerful recovery application.
And TestDisk, which adds additional functionality – including partition recovery.
There are many more applications included in this bag of tools including – GParted partition manager, as well as WINE, which will allow you to run Windows applications from within BootMed.
The CD/DVD burning application Brasero (available under “Applications”), is shown in the following screen shot.
System requirements: Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7
Download 32 bit ISO at: Download.com
Download 64 bit ISO at: Download.com
I particularly like BootMed since it allows a fairly typical user access to complex tools while at the same time, not feeling abandoned in the scary world of operating systems. The developer has recognized this chill factor, and does a fair amount of “hand holding” – I think that’s very cool.
If you’re now a geek, or a high level user, think back to the days when you could have used some “hand holding”. If you were lucky enough to get it, I think you’ll agree that “hand holding” can make a major difference.
Don’t have a CD/DVD drive? Then – install BootMed to a USB flash drive. Easy to follow instructions are here.
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This will be a great tool for newbies. I have no doubt some of them have used other recovery discs in the past and given up because they didn’t understand what they were doing. I am a big believer in Linux based recovery apps, I use Kaspersky on a regular basis. Anything that can get people using these more often gets a big thumbs up from me.
For sure. There’s nothing like a road map (so to speak), to give a big boost in confidence to those who might lack the experience to resolve their own PC issues.
Gotta agree with you on Kaspersky – it gets a workout around here every Sunday without fail.
The Summer is on the slide here, so I’ll soon be back to posting on the latest/greatest daily.
Great to hear from you. I’ve missed our chats this past few months.
What you should do is provide the homepage link to the software provider. I have been a registered member / user at c-net for for many years but stay away from their download site as I do not care for their system of providing just a mini application for downloading the main one online. Why should I have to download anything multiple times simply because I am looking after more than 1 pc ? I simply went on line and downloaded the vendor provided torrent link.
Your point would be more persuasive if it wasn’t out of context.
First – regular readers are aware of my personal views regarding CNET’s download machinations – I am not supportive. Unless there is no other choice, I bypass CNET’s repository. I have made that clear in any number of posts.
Second – I am NOT a supporter of the Torrent concept and in 3000+ posts I have never recommended this venue as a download alternative. Typical users have a difficult time staying safe on the Internet as it is, without running additional risks that Torrents present.
This sounds ideal for the likes of me. I’ve followed your comments avidly over the last few years and have made new Kaspersky recovery disks whenever they’ve been updated. Problem is, and it’s a good problem, I’ve never needed to use any of them in a live situation. In case that day ever comes, and I expect it will, It’s good to know that this type of hand-holding is available in extremis.
Thanks for your work on this. Sorry your summer is on the wane. Hopefully ours will arrive soon, although I rather doubt it as autumn is just around the corner.
Good to hear that Kaspersky has a place in your “just in case” toolkit. One never knows and all that.
It’s been a brilliant summer here and it seems that the Fall will be equally upbeat.
I think this is a great tool not only for newbies..This live cd(bootMed) might be intended for recovering files and system maintenance only, unlike the other live cd’s like ubuntu and backtrack that are not user friendly for recovering files and maintaining the system.
To sum up I get so tired of playing around with different utilities and then finding out the system has a lock on the files I am trying to get rid of. It would be nice to have a boot image to do that for me and not worry about file locks..
Agreed – a very aggravating situation. As you say – a file unlocker would be hugely helpful.
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An amazing article to Recover deleted files. Will need to investigate this application.