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October 13th, 2010, 02:54 AM
I'm a Microsoft Technician and Linux is by far the best utility for troubleshooting and repairing Windows-based systems. That being said, I am in the process of building a new USB "Rescue" Disk using Ubuntu Desktop as the base. I realize that there are a couple options that would work better for a bootable USB drive, and if you're using a smaller drive, you may want to consider Puppy Linux (http://www.puppylinux.org (http://www.puppylinux.org/)) or Damn Small Linux (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org (http://www.damnsmalllinux.org/)).

I chose Ubuntu Desktop because of the stable environment and my familiarity with the operating system. Please note that this is not simply a live CD copied onto a USB drive, but rather a fully installed OS. I mention this because I had confusion early on. At any rate, here are my current applications for fixing everything Windows. I'm looking for more suggestions and a little discussion on this topic overall. Thanks!

avira antivir

October 14th, 2010, 12:00 AM

Spice Weasel
October 14th, 2010, 12:33 AM
I suggest you take a look at http://www.sysresccd.org. Have fun! :D

October 14th, 2010, 11:43 AM
Make sure to include the package called ntfsprogs. It includes a utility called ntfsclone that will make you able to make and restore ntfs partition images.

gparted is good too.

partimage is another cloning program. But it ntfs support is not reliable.

October 19th, 2010, 12:32 PM
I suggest you take a look at http://www.sysresccd.org. Have fun! :D

Pretty good pre-built rescue utility. Looks to be a great alternative to building your own if you need something in a hurry. Good utility list too! www.sysresccd.org is a great tool.

Their program list appears to be as follows:

sfdisk (backup/restore partition tables)
partimage (backup partition contents)
archivers (gzip, 7zip, etc)
clamav (antivirus)

Thanks to everyone who's gotten involved so far, this is becoming a great little project.