Good Kit for Disaster recovery?

Michael L Torrie torriem at
Tue Jan 15 17:10:23 MST 2008

Steve wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> I'm planning to burn some disks for disaster recovery, for use when I
> go and help folk out.
> Just wondering if there are any really good distros targeting disaster
> recovery for windoze.

I typically use two different "distros:"

- Knoppix, latest version, works on all but the oldest hardware.
Anything worth recovering can run it anyway.
- Ultimate Boot CD for Windows, a Windows XP live cd that can do things
like fix the registries, antivirus, etc.

> The following features are a must.
> Must boot on older hardware.
> Must fit on single ISO image.
> Must read AND write all MSDOS formats including all flavors of NTFS.
> Would be helpful if the distro came ready to roll with ClamAV, as well
> as gParted or something similar for partition table fixing as well as
> some good file recovery utilities preferably something that can
> recover files even if the MBR and the File Allocation Table have been
> munched.
> Any suggestions folks?
> Sincerely,
> Steve
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Michael Torrie
Assistant CSR, System Administrator
Chemistry and Biochemistry Department
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602

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