Large List of Downloadable Computer Repair CDs

One of our Technibble forum members, PcTek9, and a handful of other Technibble members have compiled a large list of CDs for various computer repair tasks. In this list, the following types of CD are available for download: Antivirus Boot CDs, Recovery Disks, Hardware Diagnostic Boot CDs, Network Testing/Monitoring, Data Recovery Boot CDs and Special Purpose CDs.

Some of these are free to download, some are not. Be sure to read the EULA for the CD’s you download and the applications you use to make sure you are allowed to use them in the manner you plan to use them in. Many of the CDs contain a variety of different programs and some of the applications are free to use as you please, but some of them disallow commercial use. So be sure to read and abide by the EULA for whatever you use.

Also, some of these CD’s may set off an antivirus false positive due to their virus removal, password cracking, system file changing nature. Konboot is one such CD that will set off antivirus software. Its best to scan the CDs that are setting off your antivirus using a site like Virustotal.com and make your own decisions.

Antivirus Boot Disks

Avira AntiVir Rescue System Download
BitDefender Rescue CD Download
Dr Web LIVE CD Download
Fsecure Live Cd Download
Kaspersky Antivirus Live CD Download
VBA32 VirusBlokAda (Russian) Download
PcTools Alternate Operating System Scanner (AOSS) Download
Avast BART CD Download
GData (British) Download
AVG Rescue CD Download
ClamAV Live CD Open Diagnostics Live CD Download

General Purpose Recovery Disks

FREE UBCD4win Ultimate Boot CD for Windows Download
FREE UBCD Ultimate Boot CD Download
FREE Trinity Rescue CD Download
FREE System Rescue CD x86 Download
FREE System Rescue CD (sun sparc) Download
FREE System Rescue CD (power PC/mac) Download
FREE Windows Vista Recovery Disk (32 bit/ Microsoft) Download
FREE Windows Vista Recovery Disk (64 bit / Microsoft) Download
FREE Windows 7 Recovery Disk (Microsoft) Download
FREE INSERT (inside security rescue toolkit) Download
FREE Microsoft ERD/DART 2009 Download
FREE Bootzilla for Windows Download

Hardware Diagnostic Boot CD’s

FREE Inquisitor (hardware testing software) Download
FREE Inquisitor 64 Download
FREE Microsoft Memory Diagnostic Download

Network Security Testing / Monitoring

FREE Network Security Toolkit Download
FREE BackTrack network penetration testing Download
FREE Knoppix STD (security tools distribution) Download
FREE nUbuntu network penetration testing Download

Data Recovery Boot CD’s

FREE RIP (Recovery Is Possible) Download
Helix (computer forensics / electronic discovery / incident response) Download
Caine Computer Aided Investigative Environment Download
Macquisition CF forensics for macs Download
The Farmer’s Boot CD Download
Puppy Linux Download

Special Purpose Boot CD’s

KON-BOOT Download
FREE Samurai Web Application Testing Download
FREE Offline NT Password & Registry Editor Download
FREE PC CMOS Cleaner Download
FREE Parted Magic Download
FREE Partition Wizard contrib IISJMAN Download
FREE Ping (backup / restore hd images across network) Download
FREE Incognito (completely anonymous web everything) Download

Other CD’s of Interest:

VistaPE Download

Some CDs have been purposely left out of this list as they contain illegal software.

Creating Multiboot CDs

Many people have expressed an interest in creating a multi-boot CD or USB stick. SARDU (Shardana Antivirus Rescue Utility) is a program that creates multiboot cd’s and usb sticks. Basically you download the ISO’s of bootable cd’s you want from this list that are supported by SARDU, then you download SARDU. When you extract SARDU there is an empty folder called ISO’s and you put the iso’s you download into that folder. When you run SARDU, it will find all the ISO’s that you downloaded and stuck in the folder, and offer to build you a cd or usb stick.
You can download SARDU Here. Thanks to Thor and AtYourService for contributing information about SARDU.

Special thanks to PcTek9, Methical, AtYourService, IISJMAN7, rusty.Nells, Thor999, Hyfidel, Studiot, Crash and other Technibble forum members who have contributed to this list.

Disclaimer: You use this software at your own risk. Technibble or its members cannot be held accountable for any damage to hardware, software, loss of data, or any other direct or indirect damage caused by using this software. Some of these CD’s contain cryptographic software which is illegal in some countries, so be sure to follow your local laws. Using any of this software is an agreement that you understand and acknowledge this.



Bryce Whitty

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Bryce Whitty
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Bryce is an Australian computer technician and the founder of Technibble. He started his computer repair business when he was 17 years old and is still running it 9 years later. He is an avid traveller and spends at least a month of the year in another country.

Comments (43)

  • nibblereadersincelastyear says:

    Great Article Bryce! Really great! I didn’t like last week’s article that much but this week is very high quality!! Keep at it Bryce your site is one of the best on the net!

  • Jonathan S says:

    *cough* Hirens *cough*

  • Bryce W says:

    nibblereadersincelastyear, you can thank PcTek9 and the other forum contributors for it. I just cleaned it up a bit for the front page, but the forum members did the work.

    Jonathan, when I said:
    “Some CDs have been purposely left out of this list as they contain illegal software.”. Hirens was one of the CDs we were referring to :)

  • richr says:

    Heres one for incident response and computer forensics Masterkey Linux live forensics system http://www.masterkeylinux.com

  • All the mention CD’s are much needed and very much useful. Thanks for mentioning it on single page. When your PC gets damage all those boot able CD’s are must.

  • Padlock39 says:

    This is one potent list. Thanks to all of the contributors.

  • alsTech says:

    Bryce, Thank you, and all the forum members for all your hard work. Don’t know how you guys and Gals find the time?

  • This is why I read technibble everyday.

  • Jonathan S says:

    Haha Bryce, my mention of Hiren’s is in response to your disclaimer. Interestingly enough when I worked at Fry’s Electronics in the US, they use this along with other pirated software, I found it highly hypocritical for such a large company making piles of cash to do so.

  • Secc says:

    Hi everyone, Firstly a big THANK YOU to the original posters and of course TechNibble.
    Does anyone know of something similar to SARDU to make a multiboot USB\DVD where i can add other ISO’s? SARDU seems great but is limited to certain ISO’s and i would like to add a few others that i use and just have 1 USB drive with them all on.

    Thanks

  • Secc says:

    Hi all, Found some nice posts re creating a multiboot USB drive and thought i’d post in case anyone else wants to do it.

    http://www.neowin.net/forum/topic/621496-create-a-multi-boot-rescue-usb-flash-drive/

    AND:

    http://realwindfall.blogspot.com/2009/04/one-size-fits-all-usb-multi-boot-flash.html

    Secc

  • PcTek9 says:

    The creator of sardu is a technibble member. He and I started talking and he is thinking of adding some more of these to his program. :) He is currently working on expanding it all. I am not aware of any other such programs, if you find one please let me know and I’ll add it to the list.

  • “Secc”

    Check this out – http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-multiple-iso-from-usb-multiboot-usb/

    ****

    I can’t stress enough how this list and the one available in the forums are so awesome.

  • Supersam654 says:

    If you are looking for multiboot, look into UBCD4WIN. A quick search and it is incredibly easy to add a boot option to the menu. It even works with any ISO!

  • ExpletiveDeleted says:

    @Jonathan S

    I think their issue of using Hirens is two-fold. First those that use it probably do not realize that it is illegal, and find the convenience of the software very easy and powerful. Second, it is most likely not “Fry’s Corporate” making/giving them Hirens, but some young computer guy bringing it to work and they all start using it due to reason #1 above.

    Most corporate repair organizations: Geek Squad, Staples EasyTech, etc. give their techs only a couple software tools to use, and as we all learned from the list above, it takes a large variety of software to correctly solve these problems. It becomes difficult to keep track of the legal ones, illegal ones, and those who’s license is different when used for a corporation/profit versus home user.

    PS: I am presuming “FREE” above means free for techs to use for profit, while the others are not?

  • ExpletiveDeleted says:

    Ignore my PS, I guess when I read this on my iphone it either didnt load it up right or i scrolled over it… feel free to edit my orig post and delete this one.

  • Great list – Bookmark it.

  • Luther says:

    Such an awesome list, brings tears to my eyes. :D

  • Holy moly. This list is awesome. I’ll probably be trying out a lot of these really soon to try and find the best of the best.

  • Af7erm4th says:

    Thanks to all who contributed. Extremely useful.

  • admin says:

    “I am presuming “FREE” above means free for techs to use for profit, while the others are not?”

    Free to download. As I mentioned in the post, you need to read the EULA for each program you use. For example, UBCD4Win is free to download and heaps of free tools installed on it. However, the EULA of some of those programs may say that it is free for personal use only, while others will say free for all. So, read the EULA of whatever you are using.

  • Abenaki says:

    PC CMOS Cleaner Feedback – I just ran into a major BIOS password problem on a clients laptop and then about 30 minutes later found the PC CMOS Cleaner download and thought it would be the perfect tool for the job. Downloaded the ISO and it burned and booted fine but there seems to be a loop error in the program that shuts it down. Tried 2 more downloads just in case the first download was not complete, but ran into the same issue with the invalid loop. – Anyone else having this issue with PC CMOS?

  • You guys are awesome…I really appreciate your hard work…Thanks:)

  • Great list! This is a post worthy of a bookmark. :) A lot of good software in that list.

  • Internet Age says:

    Whoa guys! Thank you for an awesome list of downloads that will make any techie’s life loads easier! This is why I love the internet so much. Keep on sharing the love everybody!

  • Bubba Yarfkowitz says:

    I downloaded Inquisitor. Had high hopes. Booted up to the CD, got to the menu, chose Hardware test…and the program errored out. “No CD found”

    Oh well…

  • parsifal says:

    @Bubba Yarfkowitz:
    Did you mistake with sardu? If yes….download the debian based version (from the list above)

  • IrishATMguy says:

    Just awesome list. Well worth a sticky or even a Ctrl D. Thank you.

  • PcTek9 says:

    Dear Bubba Yarfkowitz,

    Could you please send me a private message regarding which version of inquisitor you were attempting to use, the 64 bit version or the 32 bit version?

    Also please tell me if you were using the new beta they just released version 3.1, or the stable version 3.0. I will download and hash check the iso for you, then try to duplicate your results.

    It may be (cd not found) that you have burned a bad cd from a bad image or even possibly your laser is bad.

    Is this anything to do with sardu? Please let me know, and I will be more than happy to look into it for you at the first available opportunity.

  • JT says:

    This post is worth gold :)Thanks for it

  • PcTek9 says:

    Dear Bubba Yarfkowitz,

    I have just downloaded and tested both versions of inquisitor – the 64 and 32 bit in version 3.0 stable release of the software, and they work fine.

    If you have any problem with the beta versions, could you please report that to the inquisitor development team, they have a bugtrack, you can find them on sourceforge.net.

    Thanks, PcTek9

  • mark says:

    I brought the most screwed up machine I’ve ever seen back to life using the Kaspersky Rescue CD. It took 30 hours but once it had cleaned up over 1500 files I was able to boot into Windows and finish the job.

  • Eddie says:

    The nubuntu site seems to be offline atm. Check the link.

  • Cecil says:

    I just tried to download the Microsoft ERD/DART 2009 Free disk. Either I did something wrong or it is only free to those having MDOP or Technet memberships. Those memberships are waaaayyy beyond free.

    Cecil

  • PC Ops says:

    What a list! Thanks a million guys, this is the REALLY useful stuff!

  • Thanks for the excellent list. I think that some of these antivirus boot CD’s are a bit slow and lack the latest def’s and update capabilities, but you get what you pay for in this case.

  • PcTek9 says:

    Michigan Computer Repair:

    You are welcome for the excellent list. :)
    You may also notice that you will find MANY antivirus products for cd and thumbdrive in that list that can be updated with no issues. You just need to spend the time to look at it more closelier. :)

  • you might want to take a look at the full list of linux live cd’s as well:

    http://www.livecdlist.com/

    San Antonio Computer Repair

  • Thanks for the list. I have already downloaded a few of the files.

  • AaranTheTechKid says:

    This is a great list. I already downloaded all that i think i will use. Thank You

  • pctek9 says:

    You are all very welcome. :)

  • Gone the day when the computer didnt work you sat idle. Now you can pop onto another computer, get back to work and repair on the side.