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Live CD's? Whats your take?

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Poll: DO you or Don't you? (5 member(s) have cast votes)

Do you use live discs or Flash drives?

  1. YES (5 votes [100.00%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 100.00%

  2. NO (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

If yes, what for?

  1. Evaluating an operating system or program? (4 votes [36.36%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 36.36%

  2. Diagnotics and Repairs? (5 votes [45.45%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 45.45%

  3. Portable Personal computing? (example: portable apps.com) (2 votes [18.18%] - View)

    Percentage of vote: 18.18%

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#1 Poppa_Case


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Posted 09 December 2010 - 03:54 PM

Let me start by saying that I feel that I am a fairly competent tech although I have been out of the IT loop for a few years it's coming back slowly, I don't think I know everything though so remember to be kind :busy: Now Onto our show...

I Started using various live CD/DVD's last year, along with live/portable apps on my flash drives. There have been some systems that are almost unusable or unable to run diagnostics and scans. I Keep 1 specific flash drive with all my personal portable information, bookmarks, troubleshooting guides, emails, etc... so i don't always have to have my laptop up and running. Several people here are still using dial-up due to the remote areas and a few don't even have Internet. so the time and effort the developers have put into these live discs and portable apps have proven invaluable to me at at times. I was just wondering if anyone else uses similar tools and if so what kind? Even any suggestions on customizing a "perfect" package? I use flash drives with a physical write protect switch on them for the most part. Depending on the system and the program I use, sometimes I can't get the programs to work directly from the flash drive if they try to write back to it, I am still trying to find a workaround for that when copying the program to the host HD of an infected system isn't an option.

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#2 the_patriot11


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Posted 09 December 2010 - 04:30 PM

I use them all the time, especially on customer computers to recover data from a infected/failing hard drive, or even to delete viruses. Ubuntu or minuxlint live are probably my 2 favoreite.



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Posted 09 December 2010 - 05:08 PM

I use Ubuntu LiVeCD every now and again, Just to see if it is worth upgrading my Ubuntu LTS installs. I use GPartED Live CD for partitioning and another Live CD for wiping drives. Paranoia is a gift.

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Posted 09 December 2010 - 07:39 PM

Ehh I use an ubuntu live cd sometimes and I use an ubuntu live usb flash drive, but I have had issues with those randomly corrupting themselves so I haven't used one in a while. But they are useful especially dariks boot and nuke I once broke a drive using the longest and most extensive erase. But It does erase all of the data on the disk!
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