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Journal'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 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., F-Prot
  • Norton Utilities
  • Hard disk checking utilities (from Maxtor, Seagate, etc) PowerMax , SeaDiag, HDDiag, WD Lifeguard
  • Memtest86,
  • DosDiag - for checking your hardware; cs/bcm-diagnostics.html
  • Favorite tools from Sysinternal/Winternals: FileMon,RegMon,PsTools, ... ERD, NTFS DOS Pro
  • BPR, disk & partition recovery,
  • Offline NT Password & Reg Editor,
  • F.I.R.E. (Forensic Incident Response Environment) Linux + security tools,
  • ? SpinRite
  • ? Lavasoft Adaware

User Tools

  • Undelete. A good and free version can be found at
  • ZIP, RAR, ACE. Bzip2 and gzip for DOS or Win32
  • UltraEdit
  • ? XTGold 2.0 or 2.5 - runs on DOS
  • ? XTree Ztree

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:
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