My experience with Active@ Boot Disk
Our office recently needed to do some data recovery. We usually don’t have to, since all saved data is supposed to go onto a network share. But there’s always the user who thinks they know better and keeps 3 GB of data on their desktop (not just the desktop computer, but the Windows desktop). And of course, this would also be the user whose hard disk dies. My sense of responsibility got the better of my schadenfreude, so I started trying to retrieve the data.
Occasionally, I’ve been able to retrieve data by fiddling with things until I can temporarily access the data. Didn’t work this time. Enter Active@ Boot Disk. I’ve used the demo DOS-based version of their software before, and I wasn’t particularly impressed. But we decided to spring for the Windows-based version, and I’m glad we did. It’s intuitive, effective, and I will consequently spend much less time recovering files in the future. Check it out if you have a chance.
Some of the particular things that impressed me about the Win version are:
– ability to map a network drive, then save recovered files to it
– use Remote Desktop to control another computer
– reset Windows passwords (I already have a freeware tool that does this, but it’s nice to have)
– registry editor
– web browser, mail sender, FTP and Telnet clients
– disk wipe tools
– partition tools
– imaging tool
– hex editor to read data directly from the disk (I don’t know if I’ll ever use that, but hey…)
So you get the idea – it’s got a lot to offer. If you’re needing a preinstall environment, especially for doing file recovery, check it out.
Only thing I wish it had – ability to integrate malware scanners into the PE. Oh well, can’t have everything. And at $80 US, it’s a great value.