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Old 02-25-2010, 03:10 PM   #1
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The Ultimate Rescue Package !?


Hello all,
I am relatively new to Linux, though not completely green, and have just moved over to it full time after years of exposure to Microsoft.

I perform a lot of technical tasks for friends and family, such as partition and data recovery, hardware testing and repair, and general installation and have previously never had a problem finding the right tools.

Since moving to Linux though, I don't have the same access to software that I used, and am having a hard time finding alternatives. I have tried Ultimate Boot CD, but a lot of the tools on it are either outdated or have issues with a lot of the hardware I need to access (e.g. USB disks).

The most useful thing I have found so far is Knoppix, and GParted Live CD with testdisk and photorec. All excellent for what they are meant to do, but I need other utilities too.

Anyway, my question is can anyone direct me to a live, bootable, utilities/repair/recovery distro? And if not, some suggestions of other useful utilities and tools would be most welcome so I can compile my own little rescue kit.

Thank you all kindly!
 
Old 02-25-2010, 03:14 PM   #2
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It really depends on what tasks you need to perform, we would need a better list of the tasks you're looking to perform .
 
Old 02-25-2010, 03:36 PM   #3
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It really depends on what tasks you need to perform, we would need a better list of the tasks you're looking to perform .
Partition recovery
Partition management (though i know Gparted is good for that)
Data recovery - I need something REALLY good
Boot recovery
Hardware Diagnosis (including USB drives)
General diagnostic testing/benchmarking.
Hardware Detection (including Bios & CPU)
Virus detection & removal (preferrably for Win & Linux, though I realise Linux viruses are rare)
network analysis tools, wired and wi-fi.

If possible, I need the tools to be FS independent, for as much as I dislike the fact, it is inevitable someone will bring me a windows PC.

Those are the main things really. Just tools I can use from system to system.

after writing my post, I found BackTrack which does a lot of the other things I needed, so I got a lot covered there. So, now it is just the above.
 
Old 02-25-2010, 09:02 PM   #4
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The few Live CD/DVD distros I am aware of are:

SystemRescue
Parted Magic
RIP Linux
Knoppix


I'm not aware of any distro that will have everything that you want. If booting from USB is acceptable for you, then consider installing a popular distro like Fedora, Debian, or Ubuntu to an USB and install whatever you need onto the USB. I'm curious to find out what direction you eventually take.
 
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Old 02-25-2010, 09:17 PM   #5
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Super Grub
Ultimatebootcd
Systemrescuecd
grml
For mostly windows issues Hiren's
 
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:40 AM   #6
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Wow, thank you all for your excellent and helpful input. Yes, the idea of sing a distro trimmed down and just loaded with tools did occur to me, and I think is my most likely approach, either that or a system similar to that already in place with Ultimate Boot CD, which I am thinking would be difficult to bring up to date as many of the tools are very outdated, as is hardware support (though I am not by any means knocking the UBCD, it is an excellent piece of kit, and I think it's author for saving systems for me many times in the past!). But that brings to mind some more questions:
1. would Hirens'and Parted Magic work in a DE?
2. I am an Ubuntu user, but have used OpenSUSE and (when it existed) Lycoris. What is the availability of third-party repositories like for other distro's, namely OpenSUSE and Fedora? I know the support is good for Debian/*buntu based distros.
 
  


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