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Ultimate Boot CD could save your tush in a pinch

by Tris Hussey on March 18th, 2007

I seem to be tech guy du jour lately.  I’ve been working on machines left, right, centre, up and down.  If it isn’t the computer from the garage it’s a friend’s.  Often what I need is a rescue CD to help things along.  This boot CD has a lot of power tools for the uber-geek

You need the Ultimate Boot CD if you want to:

  • Run floppy-based diagnostic tools from CDROM drives. More and more PCs are shipped without floppy drives these days, and it is such a royal pain when you need to run diagnostic tools on them.
  • Free yourself from the slow loading speed of the floppy drive. Even if you do have a floppy drive, it is still much much faster to run your diagnostic tools from the CDROM drive, rather than wait for the tool to load from the floppy drive.
  • Consolidate as many diagnostic tools as possible into one bootable CD. Wouldn’t you like to avoid digging into the dusty box to look for the right floppy disk, but simply run them all from a single CD? Then the Ultimate Boot CD is for you!
  • New! Run Ultimate Boot CD from your USB memory stick. A script on the CD prepares your USB memory stick so that it can be used on newer machines that supports booting from USB devices. You can access the same tools as you would from the CD version.

When you boot up from the CD, a text-based menu will be displayed, and you will be able to select the tool you want to run. The selected tool actually boots off a virtual floppy disk created in memory.
Source: Ultimate Boot CD - Overview

I tried this CD yesterday and figured out that I really need to make sure I read the directions for each of the tools.  These aren’t the nice, user-friendly tools like Norton and such.  These are power tools (read no wizards or step-by-step things).  I have to say, however, one of my standard things to do to help a Windows machine along is to boot into Safe Mode (press F8 at boot) and run chkdsk /f from the command prompt.  Of course, when you’re in Windows it can’t fix anything, but it will ask you if you want to run the check and fix at the next reboot (yes is the correct answer here).  Often, that’s just the thing you need to get stuff working again.


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