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Journal advid.net's Journal: Software Survival Kit (slashback)

Summary of this thread:
What Would You Put Into A Software Survival Kit?
Plus personal updates


  • Win98SE
  • Your prefered Linux Distro
  • WinNT4
  • WinXP

Bootable media

  • Win98SE Boot Disks
  • Ghost bootable floppies set
  • Knoppix
  • QNX Demo, both modem & lan Disks
  • DOS 6.22 disks
  • any Linux rescue disk/CD

System Tools

  • Partition Magic
  • Norton Ghost
  • The new FDisk for large partitions
  • LapLink, FastLynx http://www.sewelld.com/FastLynx.asp FastLynx has the advantage that it can transfer files between XP and say DOS or Linux, over Serial, Parallel, or USB
  • Delpart.exe
  • McAfee Virus Scan, command line version
  • Antivirus. http://www.free-av.com, F-Prot http://f-prot.com
  • Norton Utilities
  • Hard disk checking utilities (from Maxtor, Seagate, etc) PowerMax http://www.maxtor.com/en/support/downloads/powermax.htm , SeaDiag, HDDiag, WD Lifeguard
  • Memtest86, http://www.memtest86.com/
  • DosDiag - for checking your hardware; http://www.5star-shareware.com/Utilities/Diagnosti cs/bcm-diagnostics.html
  • Favorite tools from Sysinternal/Winternals: FileMon,RegMon,PsTools, ... ERD, NTFS DOS Pro
  • BPR, disk & partition recovery, http://www.data-recovery-software.com/
  • Offline NT Password & Reg Editor, http://home.eunet.no/~pnordahl/ntpasswd/
  • F.I.R.E. (Forensic Incident Response Environment) Linux + security tools, http://fire.dmzs.com/?section=faq
  • ? SpinRite http://grc.com/spinrite.htm
  • ? Lavasoft Adaware

User Tools

  • Undelete. A good and free version can be found at http://home.arcor.de/christian_grau/rescue/
  • ZIP, RAR, ACE. Bzip2 and gzip for DOS or Win32
  • UltraEdit
  • ? XTGold 2.0 or 2.5 - runs on DOS
  • ? XTree Ztree www.ztree.com

Misc Apps & Files

  • Acrobat Reader, Quick Time, Flash/ShockWave
  • Nero Burning Rom
  • misc drivers for personal hardware and common nomad devices
  • MS Service Packs (OS/Office)
  • Standalone Web Browser ( OffByOne, others ... )
  • PowerDVD, PaintShopPro
  • Microsofts free Word and Excel viewers

HardWare related to OS installation

  • Blank Diskettes
  • Screwdrivers
  • Spare screws
  • Spare IDE cable
  • Spare jumpers
  • Spare IDE drive or external drive
  • RJ45 cross over CAT-5 cable
  • Laplink Cable
  • RS 232 cross over serial cable


  • List of rescue disks: http://plug.twuug.org/articles/rescuedisk.html
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