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    How to make bootable media which includes TestDisk?

    How do I make bootable media which includes TestDisk?
    I have TestDisk files ready to load onto a DVD and a USB stick; mostly for use on Windows 7 NTFS HDs.
    How do I create a bootable DVD and a bootable USB stick that will have TestDisk ready to go to work?
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    TestDisk is already included in several free rescue CD's...

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Livecd

    If you still want to make your own, see the section "TestDisk on a Bootdisk" at the bottom of the article.
    Last edited by jwoods; 2015-05-20 at 14:49.

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    Thanks, saving htmls for home; can't do much "on the go."
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    Creating bootable media is typically done via a formatting step. You get the option to make the media bootable at that time.

    The reason is that making a bootable device involves placing some code at a specific location on the device. This code isn't in a file and it does not follow the normal rules for files.

    ISO files can be bootable, as they are disk (or device) images. However you do not copy the ISO file to the device. Instead you "prepare" the device with the ISO file, which is essentially formatting the device and then copying an entire device image to the target.

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    You might check out this page:
    https://cdburnerxp.se/help/Data/bootdisc
    I've used the program for some time, even made a bootable CD copy of a bootable Windows ME floppy disk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RolandJS View Post
    How do I make bootable media which includes TestDisk?....
    I would just download System Rescue CD, UBCD or Parted Magic. They contain up to date TestDisk 7.

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Livecd

    But if you wish to create a bootable version for USB:
    http://www.ubuntu.com/download/deskt...ick-on-windows

    http://rufus.akeo.ie/

    If you are asking how to do it using a Windows boot environment CD or USB(?) then you will need BartCD and add the Windows version of TestDisk in a folder that you presumably downloaded before you burn an ISO. But it is an awful fuss.
    http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/livecd.html
    Last edited by Fascist Nation; 2015-05-21 at 01:41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fascist Nation View Post
    I would just download System Rescue CD, UBCD or Parted Magic. They contain up to date TestDisk 7.

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Livecd

    If you are asking how to do it using a Windows boot environment CD or USB(?) then you will need BartCD
    See post #2. CGSecurity warns that they may not be up to date.

    On that same page, CGSecurity shows how to add TestDisk to a DOS or Linux Boot Disk...

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/DOS_BootDisk

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Linux_BootDisk

    Unfortunately, Bart PE CD's only work for Windows XP and below.

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    thanks all!!
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    A great alternative for fixing boot problems is the free home edition of Lazesoft Recovery Suite. I have used it to recover from some nasty problems. Find it here: http://www.lazesoft.com/lazesoft-recovery-suite.html

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