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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. Developed to run as a 'live CD' only - no function to install on the system
  2. ROLL YOUR OWN...
  3. * Click the "Install Tails" button - this will take you to a download page - personally I would just click the "Download as a ISO image". This will take well over an hour.
  4. * Once you have download the ISO image (1153.1 Mb) - open up your CD/ DVD writer software and elect to "Burn an ISO Image. This will produce a "Live CD" of "Tails OS".
  5. * Now - it would be advisable to have it in the CD drive *(assuming that your BIOS is set to boot from the CD drive first) and reboot the system. Give it a try (knowing that it will run a little slow due to certain factors) so you can get familiar with use: you'll find that (with this "Insurance Policy") it's very easy to  access then backup your data.
  6. DISCLAIMER: I must mention that this distro uses the popular "Tor Browser" to preserve your privacy & anonymously: this function is fast being compromised - some companies have blocked any access from the Tor servers; thus, ending your search into a "Assess Denied" page:-( 
  7. BUY IT ON DVD: READY TO GO...
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  9. Navigate your browser to "Black Box " - this is a very useful recovery and forensic type OS. BackBox is a penetration test and security assessment oriented Ubuntu-based Linux distribution providing a network and informatic systems analysis toolkit..
  10. ROLL YOUR OWN...
  11. * "Download as a ISO image". This will take well over an hour.
  12. * Once you have download the ISO image  - open up your CD/ DVD writer software and elect to "Burn an ISO Image. This will produce a "Live CD" of "Black Box".
  13. * Now - it would be advisable to have it in the CD drive *(assuming that your BIOS is set to boot from the CD drive first) and reboot the system. Give it a try (knowing that it will run a little slow due to certain factors) so you can get familiar with use: you'll find that (with this "Insurance Policy") it's very easy to  access then backup your data.
  14. DISCLAIMER: I must mention that  some companies have blocked any access from the  servers that 'Black Box' uses; thus, ending your search into a "Assess Denied" page:-( 
  15. BUY IT ON DVD: READY TO GO...
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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.
  2. ROLL YOUR OWN...
  3.  * "Download the ISO image". This will take about 30 minutes.
  4. * Once you have download the ISO image  - open up your CD/ DVD writer software and elect to "Burn an ISO Image. This will produce a "Live CD" of "RIPLinuX".
  5. * Now - it would be advisable to have it in the CD drive *(assuming that your BIOS is set to boot from the CD drive first) and reboot the system. Give it a try (knowing that it will run a little slow due to certain factors) so you can get familiar with use: you'll find that (with this "Insurance Policy") it's very easy to  access then backup your data.
  6. BUY IT ON DVD: READY TO GO...
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 For all Windows IT folks, hackers, tweakers and really most everyone interested in data/ system recovery and forensics: 

 IMHO - the very first  live DVD disk or bootable thumb drive  you'll want is "Hirens Live CD"  and "FalconFour’s Ultimate Boot CD" : based upon the Hiren Boot CD with a customized boot menu and a whole bunch of updated tools thrown in. F4’s UBCD contains tools that provide system information, tools that recover/repair broken partitions, tools that recover data, as well as file utilities, password recovery tools, network tools, malware removal tools and much more.-  don't be without it!

  1. ROLL YOUR OWN....
  2. * "Download the ISO image". This will take about 30 minutes.
  3. * Once you have download the ISO image  - open up your CD/ DVD writer software and elect to "Burn an ISO Image. This will produce a "Live CD" of "Hirens Live CD".
  4. * Now - it would be advisable to have it in the CD drive *(assuming that your BIOS is set to boot from the CD drive first) and reboot the system. Give it a try (knowing that it will run a little slow due to certain factors) so you can get familiar with use: you'll find that (with this "Insurance Policy") it's very easy to  access then backup your data.
  5. BUY IT ON DVD: READY TO GO...
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ROLL YOUR OWN - just follow above instructions.
Wireshark is the world’s foremost and widely-used network protocol analyzer. It lets you see what’s happening on your network at a microscopic level and is the de facto (and often de jure) standard across many commercial and non-profit enterprises, government agencies, and educational institutions. Wireshark development thrives thanks to the volunteer contributions of networking experts around the globe and is the continuation of a project started by Gerald Combs in 1998.
BUY IT ON DVD: READY TO GO...

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For the rest of us folks:

ROLL YOUR OWN - just follow above instructions.

If your system is fairly new (less then 5 years old)  -  navigate your browser to "https://www.linuxmint.com/download.php" and download "Linux Mint Cinnamon" ISO file. This will take well over an hour.

If you have an older computer system (with very few resources)    -  navigate your browser to "https://www.linuxmint.com/download.php" and download "Linux Mint MATE"  ISO file. This will take well over an hour.

If you find that neither of these Mint versions work for you (i.e. no sound, printer does not work, monitor resolution bad, or what ever) email me for a better solution or navigate to http://livecdlist.com/ http://livecdlist.com/ and spend some time trying any other Live CD's out (i.e Ubuntu Linux or  Slitaz Linux would be a good choice). or buy your choice on DVD.

* Once you have download the ISO image  - open up your CD/ DVD writer software and elect to "Burn an ISO Image. This will produce a "Live CD" of the version you selected.

* Now - it would be advisable to have it in the CD drive *(assuming that your BIOS is set to boot from the CD drive first) and reboot the system. Give it a try (knowing that it will run a little slow due to certain factors) so you can get familiar with use: you'll find that (with this "Insurance Policy") it's very easy to access then backup your data.

BUY IT ON DVD: READY TO GO...

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AVG Rescue CD is a text-only free bootable antivirus program. It can check for potentially unwanted programs, scan cookies, find hidden file extensions, and even scan inside archives.

ROLL YOUR OWN - just follow above instructions.

Before you start a scan with AVG Rescue CD, you have the option to just scan a folder of your choice, just the boot sector, only the registry, or any locally attached hard drive.

Unfortunately, because AVG Rescue CD doesn't provide a graphical interface, navigating the menus can become difficult. 

BUY IT ON DVD: READY TO GO.

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Clonezilla

an open-source, Linux-based, OS agnostic solution: Cloning or imaging is the process by which the contents of a computer's hard drive are copied — in their entirety (not just your data) — to a file (or numbered sequence of files) with the purpose of backing a computer's system state so that it may later be restored in an identical state on a different computer or hard drive.

Cloning programs exist for all operating systems, though most are native to the OS and will only produce restorable images for use with the same OS with which the image was created. However, this software supports dozens of file systems from various operating systems, which means it can be used on just about any computer running Windows, OS X, Linux, or derivative there of to produce 100% compatible cloned images. Clonezilla comes in two flavors: for x86 and amd64 (x86-64) based computers.  Each support 32-bit/64-bit.

BUY IT ON DVD: READY TO GO.
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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" and/ or "Live Bootable  USB Thumb Drive" 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 or recover those old (non-replaceable) picture files!

Hack'n the Linux - mikeB


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