1.3.1 Active@ Boot Disk Creator
Active@ Boot Disk Creator helps you prepare a bootable CD/DVD/Blu-ray or USB Flash mass storage device that you can use to start a machine with a damaged hard drive and recover data, recover partitions, wipe or erase data, create a disk image or repair security access issues.
To prepare a bootable device for Windows:
- 1. In the Active@ Boot Disk Creator main page, select the desired bootable media: CD/DVD/Blu-ray, USB Flash Drive or pre-configured ISO Image file (to be burned later on CD/DVD/BD).
- 2. If more than one CD/DVD burners exists, or several USB disks are inserted, select a proper device from a combo-box. If your USB Disk is not displayed in a combo-box, click the link below and initialize it properly. If you have purchased commercial version of Active@ Boot Disk, click Registration link to register software on your name or on the name of your business. Registration eliminates DEMO version limitations and activates all features of commercial software.
- 3. Make sure that Boot into Windows checkbox is selected.
At this step you can specify additional options:
- To add your custom files to bootable media, click User Files tab. Add files or folders using related buttons at the right side. Added items will be placed to User_Files root folder.
- To add specific drivers to be loaded automatically, click Add Drivers tab. Add all files for the particular driver (*.INF, *.SYS, …). Added items will be placed into BootDisk_Drivers root folder. At boot time all *.INF files located in this folder will be installed.
- To add specific scripts that will be launched after Active@ Boot Disk is loaded, click Startup Scripts tab, add your scripts (*.CMD files). Added files will be placed in BootDisk_Scriptsroot folder. At boot time all *.CMD files located in this folder will be executed.
- To specify additional boot options, click Boot Settings tab. You can change default settings to be used: Time Zone, Additional Language Support, Default Application Start and Auto-start Delay.
Most of these options you can change later, after booting from Active@ Boot Disk drive, at the opening screen. Since Active@ BootDisk is comes with other LSoft's application, Default Application option allows you to skip launching that default application particular. This is also applicable in other Active@ Boot Disk Lite versions being distributed in other Active@ software products, like Active@ KillDisk Active@ Password Changer, for example. Two additional second level tabs: Network and Security allow you to pre-define Network Settings: network initialization, dynamic or static IP configuration and firewall state, as well as to set up a Boot Disk password protection for boot up process to avoid unauthorized Boot Disk usage.
- 4.Click Next. Verify the Selected Media, Sizes and Boot-up Environment.
Click Create. A progress bar appears while media is being prepared.
USB Drive or blank CD/DVD must be inserted and chosen explicitly on the first step, before you can proceed to the next step.
When you prepare USB Flash Drive bootable media, it will be re-formatted, thus all data stored on the media will be erased.
If you've created ISO Image file, you can burn it up later on, either using our free Active@ ISO Burner utility (www.ntfs.com/iso-burning.htm), or have a disk burning utility that you prefer to use, use it to burn the ISO on a disk. Section 1.3.2 has instructions for some other utilities.