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beginer: LINUX live DVD (with data rescue tools, for laptops)


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#1 LASERzzzzzz

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Posted 26 November 2016 - 06:58 AM

hi
 
i'm a absolute LINUX beginner and i'm looking for a linux live DVD. 
The main reason is: i want to use this Live DVD to boot/repair damaged windows installations/damaged data on HDDs after
hardware issues or after malware attacks. I'm looking for the possibility to add necessary/various tools (e.g. DATA
rescue tools, other necessary software, tools) to the live DVD.
I also simply wanted to take a look at linux in the next few weeks/months and "learn" a little bit/something about this OS......
Therfore i also wanted to install to the live DVD some other sofware like: web browser, skype, office/text software, video/music player,
customizing software, Anti virus software, anti malware software, etc, etc....
 
At this time i only have laptops at home (i dont have a desktop PC).
Two gaming laptops: "msi GT72-2QD" and "msi GE60-2PE" (GTX 970M and GTX860M, both have i7, 8GB RAM and SSD)
And one "average" laptop: "Packard Bell EN TSX-62 HR" (GT 540M, 4GB RAM and i5)
 
thanks a lot!
 
Greets from Germany!
 
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Posted 26 November 2016 - 01:42 PM

Well this guide here is a good place to start:

 

www.pcworld.com/article/2147063/linux-to-the-rescue-how-ubuntu-can-help-a-computer-in-distress.html

 

Though you may want to invest in a pendrive for what you want as a live dvd has its limitations (like being writable like a hard disk)


Edited by MadmanRB, 26 November 2016 - 01:48 PM.

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Posted 27 November 2016 - 04:00 AM

Laser,

I am new to the Linux world also. A great resource (other than this site) is Distdowatch,they list hundreds of different distros and a little bit about each one.

One distro that I found that would be great for data rescue is "Knoppix". It is super fast and works great on older computers. As mentioned above, you should really run any distro you pick on a thumb drive,it will make you life a whole lot easier and also frees up your CD drive.

Good luck and have fun. John

Edited by John-Mack, 27 November 2016 - 04:01 AM.


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Posted 27 November 2016 - 04:28 AM

Just clarifying a typo there by John-Mack (hi John)

 

that's DistroWatch

 

http://distrowatch.com

 

... excellent site :thumbup2:

 

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Posted 27 November 2016 - 05:49 AM

Personally I use Puppy for rescue disk purposes (although I use Mint for my general Linux needs) for the following reasons ....

 

  • Relatively small download, and fits easily onto a moderate sized USB drive.
  • Runs in memory, and as such is fast and compatible with most hardware setups (this is not the case with all Linux distros).

Edited by Gary R, 27 November 2016 - 05:49 AM.


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Posted 27 November 2016 - 06:04 AM

 

Personally I use Puppy for rescue disk purposes (although I use Mint for my general Linux needs) for the following reasons ....

 

  • Relatively small download, and fits easily onto a moderate sized USB drive.
  • Runs in memory, and as such is fast and compatible with most hardware setups (this is not the case with all Linux distros).

 

Yup same here.



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Posted 27 November 2016 - 11:15 AM

Just clarifying a typo there by John-Mack (hi John)

 

that's DistroWatch

 

http://distrowatch.com

 

... excellent site :thumbup2:

 

:wizardball: Wizard

 

 

 

Thanks wizardfromoz

 

  As I am sure you can tell by my grammar and sentence structure that  I'm not the "sharpest tool in the shed" .

Thats why I rely heavily on this site of most of my computer issues!!



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Posted 27 November 2016 - 11:52 AM

Well this guide here is a good place to start:

 

www.pcworld.com/article/2147063/linux-to-the-rescue-how-ubuntu-can-help-a-computer-in-distress.html

 

Though you may want to invest in a pendrive for what you want as a live dvd has its limitations (like being writable like a hard disk)

 

Thx @all for your tips and links!

I simply had no idea that there is a working/reliable possibility to run LINUX from USB-stick. Of course a stick with live LINUX

is much better than a DVD....! I only have 32 GB sticks here (brand new models, USB 3.0). Is this enough space for most LINUX distros

(with installed programs) ?  OR should i buy a 64 GB stick ....?


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Posted 27 November 2016 - 12:35 PM

UBCD. Parted Magic on UBCD includes Testdisk.

 

On Windows with UEFI and SecureBoot enabled I recommend Fatdog64 based on Puppy. UBCD requires CSM or Legacy Boot on a UEFI computer.



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Posted 27 November 2016 - 12:46 PM

Thats way more than enough  space on your flash drives, as a typical Mint install is under 3GB and Puppy as mentioned above is like 150MB. 

 

Be prepared to spend hours testing all the different Linux distros, its really quite fun once you get the hang of burning them to a stick and booting your computer from it.  The great thing is that if and when you pick a Distro that is not to your liking just wipe it off your flash drive and pick another.






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