Monday, February 20, 2012

Reader for Ext2/3/4, ReiserFS, HFS, HFS+, Fat, exFAT, NTFS - File Systems

How to get safe and quick access to alternative file systems? DiskInternals Linux Reader is a new easy way to do this. This program plays the role of a bridge between your Windows and Ext2/Ext3/Ext4, HFS and ReiserFS file systems.



This easy-to-use tool runs under Windows and allows you to browse Ext2/3/4, HFS and ReiserFS file systems


There are a number of evident merits of the program, which you should know. First of all, DiskInternals Linux Reader is absolutely free. Secondly, the program provides for read-only access and does not allow you to make records in file system partitions. This guarantees that the interference in an alterative file system will not affect the work of Linux later. Apart from this, it is necessary to note, that it gives you an opportunity to use common Windows Explorer for extracting data. A preview option for pictures is one more pleasant point, which is worth mentioning.
How to get safe and quick access to any file systems? DiskInternals Linux Reader is an easy and short way to solve the problem!

While saving, it ignores file security policies. It means that it is possible to access absolutely any file on a Linux disk from Windows. The program can create and open disk images.

Linux Reader is 100% FREE.

Download Link:

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UNetbootin - For Creating Bootable USB Drives

UNetbootin allows you to create bootable Live USB drives for Ubuntu, Fedora, and other Linux distributions without burning a CD. It runs on Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. You can either let UNetbootin download one of the many distributions supported out-of-the-box for you, or supply your own Linux .iso file if you've already downloaded one or your preferred distribution isn't on the list.

 Requirements
  • Microsoft Windows 2000/XP/Vista/7, or Linux, or Mac OS X 10.5+. Note that resulting USB drives are bootable only on PCs (not on Macs).
  • Internet access for downloading a distro to install, or a pre-downloaded ISO file
Features

 UNetbootin can create a bootable Live USB drive, or it can make a "frugal install" on your local hard disk if you don't have a USB drive. It loads distributions either by downloading a ISO (CD image) files for you, or by using an ISO file you've already downloaded. 

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Installation & Screenshots

  1. If using Windows, run the file, select an ISO file or a distribution to download, select a target drive (USB Drive or Hard Disk), then reboot once done. If your USB drive doesn't show up, reformat it as FAT32.

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  2. If using Linux, make the file executable (using either the command chmod +x ./unetbootin-linux, or going to Properties->Permissions and checking "Execute"), then start the application, you will be prompted for your password to grant the application administrative rights, then the main dialog will appear, where you select a distribution and install target (USB Drive or Hard Disk), then reboot when prompted.

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  3. After rebooting, if you created a Live USB drive by selecting "USB Drive" as your install target, press the appropriate button (usually F1, F2, F12, ESC, or backspace) while your computer is starting up to get to your BIOS boot menu and select USB drive as the startup target; otherwise if there's no boot selection option, go to the BIOS setup menu and change the startup order to boot USB by default. Note that Live USB drives are bootable only on PCs (not on Macs). Otherwise, if you did a "frugal install" by selecting "Hard Disk" as your install target, select the UNetbootin entry from the Windows Boot Menu as the system boots up
Download Link and official Website:
http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

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Monday, February 13, 2012

YUMI – Multiboot USB Creator (Windows)


YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer), is the successor to MultibootISOs. It can be used to create a Multiboot USB Flash Drive containing multiple operating systems, antivirus utilities, disc cloning, diagnostic tools, and more. Contrary to MultiBootISO's which used grub to boot ISO files directly from USB, YUMI uses syslinux to boot extracted distributions stored on the USB device, and reverts to using grub to Boot Multiple ISO files from USB, if necessary.
Aside from a few distributions, all files are stored within the Multiboot folder, making for a nicely organized Multiboot Drive that can still be used for other storage purposes.
Creating a YUMI Multiboot MultiSystem USB Flash Drive
YUMI works much like Universal USB Installer, except it can be used to install more than one distribution to run from your USB. Distributions can also be uninstalled using the same tool!
YUMI - Multiboot USB Creator
YUMI's Main Multiboot Boot Menu
YUMI - Multiboot Boot Menu

How to Create a MultiBoot USB Flash Drive

  1. Run* YUMI-0.0.4.5.exe following the onscreen instructions
  2. Run the tool again to Add More ISOs/Distributions to your Drive
  3. Restart your PC setting it to boot from the USB device
  4. Select a distribution to Boot from the Menu and enjoy!
That's all there is to it. You should now be booting your favorite distributions from your custom Multi-Boot USB device!
How It Works: YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer) enables each user to create their own custom Multiboot UFD containing only the distributions they want, in the order by which they are installed. A new distribution can be added to the UFD each time the tool is run.
If you run YUMI from the same location you store ISO downloads, they should be auto-detected (*See Known Issues Below), eliminating the need to browse for each ISO.
Other Notes: If MultibootISOs was previously used, you must reformat the drive and start over. YUMI uses Syslinux directly, and chainloads to grub only if necessary, so it is not compatible with the older Multiboot ISO tool. Although I do plan to add back the capabilities of MultibootISOs as time permits.
The distro uninstaller works great, but unlisted ISO's that have been added must currently be manually removed!


Basic Essentials to create a MultiSystem Bootable USB Drive
  • Fat32 Formatted USB Flash or USB Hard Drive
  • PC that can boot from USB
  • Windows XP/Vista/7 host to create the Bootable USB
  • YUMI-0.0.4.5.exe
  • Your selection of ISO Files
Download link for  YUMI (Your Universal Multiboot Installer) - YUMI-0.0.4.5.exe  is:

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Universal USB Installer

Universal USB Installer is a Live Linux USB Creatorthat allows you to choose from a selection of Linux Distributions to put on your USB Flash Drive. The Universal USB Installer is easy to use. Simply choose a Live Linux Distribution, the ISO file, your Flash Drive and, Click Install. Other features include; Persistence (if available), and the ability to fat32 format the flash drive (recommended) to ensure a clean install. Upon completion, you should have a ready to run bootable USB Flash Drive with your select Linux version installed.

Universal USB Installer (UUI) Screenshots

Universal USB Installer Steps

Universal USB Installer - Progress Window

IMPORTANT NOTE: Ensure that your USB drive is fat16/fat32 formatted, otherwise Syslinux will fail and your drive will NOT Boot.
USB Flash Drive Creation Prerequisites:
  • Universal-USB-Installer-1.8.8.3.exe
  • Windows XP/Vista/7 to create the USB (Win 98/2K WILL NOT Work!)
  • Fat32 Formatted Flash Drive
  • PC with a BIOS that can boot from USB
  • Your Favorite Linux ISO
Download Universal USB Installer from link below:

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/downloads/Universal-USB-Installer/Universal-USB-Installer-1.8.8.3.exe


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Failing Hard drive sounds



To detect a faulty hard disk drive before it fails, there are various diagnostic software available on internet (shareware and freeware ) that can check and report the health of HDDs.
One more method is to listen to the sound produced by them while they are operating. Not all hard drives fail the same way.



DataCent, a data recovery service based in Canada, has an impressive archive of failing hard drive sounds. If you’re ever in doubt about whether your hard drive needs help, this is your guide. From bad heads to stuck spindles, bad hard drives click, grind, hum, and scratch. It’s almost musical in its regularity. Who will be the first person to string of these samples together into a ringtone or techno song.


This website has a good collection of sound tracks produced by different HDDs of various manufacturers that are faulty and tending to fail.

Please click on the link given below to access the website


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Rescatux - Super Grub Disk

Rescatux is a GNU/Linux rescue cd (and eventually also Windows) but it is not like other rescue disks. Rescatux comes with Rescapp. Rescapp is a nice wizard that will guide you through your rescue tasks.


Rescatux is very useful when installing / updating Grub.


Rescatux features:

  • Fixes GRUB and GRUB2
  • Regenerates Debian/Ubuntu grub menues
  • Check and fix filesystems
  • Fixes Windows MBR
  • Blank Windows passwords
  • Boot Info Script




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Plop Boot Manager v5.0


The Plop Boot Manager is a small program with unbelievable many features.
Here is a list of features, but you can do more...
  • USB boot without BIOS support (UHCI, OHCI and EHCI)
  • CD/DVD boot without BIOS support (IDE)
  • PCMCIA CardBus support to enable boot from USB PC-Cards
  • Floppy boot
  • Different profiles for operating systems
  • Define up to 16 partitions
  • No extra partition for the boot manager
  • Hidden boot, maybe you have a rescue system installed and the user should not see that there is another system installed
  • Boot countdown
  • Hide partitions
  • Password protection for the computer and the boot manager setup
  • Backup of partition table data
  • Textmode user interface 80x50
  • Graphical user interface 640x480, 800x600, 1024x786, 1280x1024
  • MBR partition table edit
  • Start of the boot manager from harddisk, floppy, USB, CD, DVD
  • Starting from Windows boot menu
  • Starting from LILO, GRUB, Syslinux, Isolinux, Pxelinux (network)
  • It can be used as PCI option ROM in your BIOS
  • Access the whole USB hard disk (up to 2TB) even when the bios has a 128 GiB limit
  • You can run the boot manager over the network
  • Start the networkcard bootrom from the boot manager to boot from the network
The boot manager download link is
from
webpage.

Boot Hiren's BootCD From USB Drive


Step 1

Connect USB Pen Drive (1GB or more)

Step 2

Download and Run USB Disk Storage Format USB Disk Storage Format USBFormat.zip (34KB)

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Step 3

Download grubinst_gui Grub 4 Dos grub4dos.zip (179KB) and Run as Administrator

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Step 4
Download Hiren's BootCD from the link below
http://www.hirensbootcd.org/files/Hirens.BootCD.15.1.zip



Insert the BootCD in the CD Drive or mount the iso image using any iso mounting software and then  Copy everything from CD to USB Flash Drive

Step 5

Copy grldr and menu.lst from grub4dos.zip (or from HBCD folder) to the usb drive

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Step 6

Test Your USB Drive

Make sure you set your computer to boot from USB Flash Drive

To Enter the BIOS press the "Del" button on your keyboard. Alternatives are "F1", "F2", "Insert", and "F10". Some PC's BIOS might even require a different key to be pressed. Commonly a PC will show a message like "Press [Del] to enter Setup" to indicate that you need to press the "Del" key. Some AMI BIOS require you to enable the option "USB Keyboard Legacy support"!
For AMI BIOS:
  • Go to "Feature Setup". "Enable" these options: "USB Function Support",
    "USB Function For DOS" and "ThumbDrive for DOS". Go to "Advanced Setup".
    Set the "1st Boot Device" to "USB RMD-FDD".
    Reboot the PC and it now should boot from the Usb Stick.
  • Go to "USB Mass Storage Device Configuration". Select "Emulation Type"
    and set it to "Harddisk". Go to the "Boot Menu" and set the "1st boot device" to "USB-Stick". Exit the BIOS, saving the changes.
    you can try "Emulation Type" to "Floppy" or "Forced FDD".
For PHOENIX/AWARD BIOS:
  • Go to "Advanced BIOS Features". Go to the "1st Boot device" and set it to "USB-ZIP".

Troubleshoot

If you cannot install grub4dos (or you get "cannot run background program" message) then use syslinuxto boot grub4dos


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