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  Windows Data Insurance - a complete guide and recovery Live CD to retrieve your data from a Windows or Linux system if it has been corrupted or unbootable. Peace of mind has never been easier. 

First off we'll try to answer the question "Why would I want this so called "Windows Data Insurance"?

Recently, I've been asked (and keeping really busy at) to remove viruses and ransomware from companies, friends and families Windows computers: also - most importantly - to somehow get, and backup, personal data (pictures, financial records, emails, etc..). Seems like Windows 10 is especially acceptable to either corrupting (so you can't even boot up) and/ or being effected by viruses,  malware or ransomware that sometimes means it will not allow you to backup your data much less do anything else. This, of course, is not a new problem but the times they are a chang'n - it's getting  worst;-(

If we can afford it - most all of us prefer to have health and life insurance: this protects us in case of the predicable things that are going to happen (death and illness). You know what? It's 90% predicable that you will be facing the computer problems mentioned in the first paragraph of this section (particluary if you are running Windows). If you are one that has a USB Drive and is constantly backing up your data then congrats! You are one of the very few. A little off the subject but - of course if you are real protective of your data - you are, more then likely,  running software to back it up on the cloud every so often? I personally don't have anything to hide BUT I really don't want all my stuff on some corporations computer (data on the cloud - that is being stolen every day). I consider it a security risk.

Most folks always have a very hard time figuring out how to backup data on a Windows or Linux system that was corrupted beyond repair (due to ransomware or the OS just being corrupted). Here's a proven , easy, solution.

Linux offers 100's of "Distros" (tech talk for versions) that are offered on what is called a "Live Disk". At this point I should explain what a "Live Disk' is for you folks that don't know.

A live CD, live DVD, or live disc is a complete bootable computer installation including operating system which runs in a computer's memory, rather than loading from a hard disk drive; the CD itself is read-only. It allows users to run an operating system for any purpose without installing it or making any changes to the computer's configuration. 

Live CDs can run on a computer without secondary storage, such as a hard disk drive, or with a corrupted hard disk drive or file system, allowing data recovery. Many Live CDs are used for data recovery, computer forensics, disk imaging, system recovery and malware removal: it needs to be noted that some allow you to access the Windows files and others make it very hard to do - so you need to pick the Distro being used with that in mind.  The functionality of a live CD is also available with a bootable live USB flash drive.

So.. lets get down to the nitty gritty,

Linux = Freedom - you have a lot of choice what "flavor" of Linux to use  - the following choices are just mine - you're mileage may vary. I have personally tested over 40 different Distros and have found that those listed on this page will allow you to access and backup the Windows file system easily (some easier then others as noted).

For those that are very security minded :

  1. Navigate your browser to "Tails OS" - this is a very useful recovery and forensic type OS.

For those that are very tech minded:

  1. Navigate your browser to "RipLinuX" - you can download it here - this is a very advanced recovery and forensic type OS - BUT not for the average bear - it's complicated but IMHO is well worth learning use.

* For all Windows IT folks, hackers, tweakers and really most everyone interested in recovery and forensics: 
** INMHO - the very first  live CD disk or bootable thumb drive  you'll want is "Hirens Live CD"  -  don't be without it!

For the rest of us folks:

  1. If your system is fairly new (less then 5 years old)  -  navigate your browser to "".

  2. If you have an older computer system (with very few resources)    -  navigate your browser to ""..

So - in conclusion - if you ever need to backup data on your, your friends, a family member or maybe even doing trouble shooting for hire - you'd find that having a "Live Bootable CD"  is a tool you'll want to have! Be sure to watch their eyes when you magically boot up a system that they thought was dead!

Get your  "Live CD" and complete instructions of use for just $5.95 (+ $3.00 postage).

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Hack'n the Linux - mikeB

a no nonsense Wyoming U.S.A. enterprise since 1997

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