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Active disc recovery - MS kit

Postby DaFoxx » Tue Jan 06, 2009 11:44 pm

http://www.ntfs.com/

see on R/H of page for active disc

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I KNOW you have to BUY this one :shock:
but we use this at work
and it IS kinda good :good:

only PC it has failed on, is one we have now determined to be completely bolloxed

it's a bit like ERD Commander :cool3:
might even BE ERD Commander in new clothes :shock:
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Re: Active disc recovery - MS kit

Postby rapier57 » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:21 am

Yeah, but you can get all that and more in the UBCD4Win (http://www.ubcd4win.com/) or BT3, for free.

BTW, UBCD4Win 3.22 was released in Nov. 2008.

I've happily used UBCD4Win for many years with no problems. Most of the tools are solid.

Another live CD you can get is the Helix3 CD (http://www.e-fense.com/helix/). This is a *nix-based boot disk, and has some limitations with regard to file systems and hardware, but is a solid forensic imager with built-in OS-driven write blocking. Helix would not take the place of a good hardware drive imager with hardware write-blocker, but in a pinch, it is a life-saver.

If you know your tools and can back up your process under cross-examination, that's all that counts.
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Re: Active disc recovery - MS kit

Postby Egaladeist » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:28 am

Is UBCD4Win Vista friendly rapier? I saw a lot of XP on site but not one mention of Vista.

And what do you do with it? Download then burn it on a disk as a backup/restore?
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Re: Active disc recovery - MS kit

Postby DaFoxx » Wed Jan 07, 2009 12:47 am

they are Ultimate Boot discs Eg
when PC refuses to boot / load

get to BIOS
set it to boot from CD
load CD
away you go

in theory :galdancin:
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Re: Active disc recovery - MS kit

Postby Egaladeist » Wed Jan 07, 2009 2:28 am

But...when you download it off a site it's not on a CD...so I'm assuming you have to burn it to a CD?
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Re: Active disc recovery - MS kit

Postby rapier57 » Wed Jan 07, 2009 4:15 am

Yes, you download the ISO and burn it to CD/DVD. UBCD4Win is a Windows-like environment, so the functionality is familiar if you are a Windows user. I've used the imaging capability, password resets, backup, restore, and a few other things. There are partitioning tools, formatting and some others. Too numerous.

Haven't tried it on Vista. From what I've found so far, the 32-bit Vista is handled much like XP Pro SP3 by many of the tools out there. FTK-Imager (free download from Access Data) will image a Vista (32-bit) box and examine the registry and do all the cool things it does. So, I suspect that UBCD4Win will not have a problem imaging, backing up or restoring a Vista drive, so long as you haven't implemented BitLocker. With BitLocker--or any full disk encryption tool--all bets are off. Highly recommended that you have the access password before booting to a live CD on a full-disk encrypted system and performing any operation.
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Re: Active disc recovery - MS kit

Postby Ignatius » Wed Jan 07, 2009 1:02 pm

Hey Foxy, that's a coincidence. I was playing around with the free read-only DOS-based version two days ago! As I'm a tight northerner, I don't fancy putting my hand into my pocket so I might just look into some of the other suggestions here.
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