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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.

 "Why would I want a "Live Bootable CD"?

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). Live Disks are  a proven , easy, solution to restore yor system.

Hack'n the Linux - mikeB

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