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Old 01-26-2010, 02:37 AM   #1
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Question Multiple Live distors, Dos + Linux on single CD


I have been tasked to test a lot of harddrives using the manufactures diagnostics tool. This tool/program is run in a LiveCD environment using different versions of Dos. Now, these tools only use about 2-5 mb of space on the disk, it feels quite the waste.

That is why I want to have the following on a single CD/DVD:

1. Diagnostics tool for Seagate/Maxtor drives
2. Diagnostics tool for Western Digital driver
3. Diagnostics tool for Samsung Spinpoint drives
4. Diagnostics tool for Hitachi/IBM Deskstar drives
5. Memtest86+
6. Damn Small Linux (or perhaps Slax...)
7. Recovery Is Possible

Is there a (easy or not) way to do this?

Oh I almost forgot, I am running Crunch Bang Linux (a very lightweight Ubuntu (Jaunty) based distro) on my laptop right now.

Thank you in advance!
Old 01-26-2010, 04:54 PM   #2
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Perhaps you could check out SystemRescueCD, it bundles both Linux/FreeDOS so you can choose either one at startup. And it has other tools, like memtest.

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well, I believe the newer UBCD Ultimate Boot CD has alot of hardware testing tools

its very cool; but you wanna add more
like I did with ThorsHammer
its outdated though

and heres all my distros
the newest Ultrimate Debian Live has alot of everything
go with 503box-Chrome and add UBCD and more

Now, I could show you how to make one or more cd/dvd/usb
with syslinux, isolinux, grub and or grub2

So, we could colaborate and make a awesome new multidistro rescue cd/dvd/usb if you want?

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Old 01-27-2010, 01:41 AM   #4
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Thank you for your rapid reply, I have found a live CD that does somewhat what I want, but the tools is not up to date, but check it out Hiren Rescue CD, I will also check out your recommendations.

Now then, I have downloaded syslinux bootloader to put on the CD, is it possible to burn the iso files to the disc like this, samsung.iso/Westerndigital.iso/ibm.iso and boot off them from syslinux?

A collaboration would be quite awesome, since I am still quite new to configuring bootloaders and make them work.

Oh, I just thought of something, since all diagnostics tools (that I have tried) use dos, perhaps the way to go is with FreeDOS and launch the diagnostics from there. There might be one problem though (or maybe not, I am not all that in to the different versions of DOS), one of the diagnostics tools use Caldera DOS (spelling?).


dos, linux, live, multiboot

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