1 Product Overview
1.1 About Active@ Boot Disk
Active@ Boot Disk is a complete and functioning computer operating system on CD/DVD/USB disk. You simply insert a boot disk into your computer, and reboot.
While a live CD does not modify the operating system already installed on a computer's hard drive, it includes many tools to boot up a computer and fix most startup, PC configuration, and system management problems.
Active@ Boot Disk is based on lightweight Windows 7, SP1 (WinPE 3.1) operating system environment.
It contains disk image, data recovery, password resetting, data erasure, network access tools and system utilities.
Active@ Boot Disk is a custom configured system. Necessary drivers and scripts can be installed. One may add an alternate language keyboard layout.
Operating Systems Support
- Desktop Windows: XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8
- Windows Servers Platform: 2003, 2008, 2012
- Supported 32-bit (x86) & 64-bit (x64) architectures
- Works with DOS Family: MS-DOS, PC-DOS, FreeDOS...
Active@ Boot Disk Creator and Bootable Environment
The Active@ Boot Disk Creator helps you prepare a bootable CD, DVD disc or bootable USB Flash drive. The program has several steps for selecting the a DOS or Windows boot-up, ability to include additional files and drivers and command based scripts to be run automatically upon boot-up.
Once the media is created, it can be used to start-up an unbootable PC and perform data recovery, recover partitions, create a disk image or repair security access issues.
While booted into the boot environment, you will have access to run all the Active@ components listed above, as-well-as these other utilities.
Active@ Boot Disk contains the following products and utilities:
- Active@ Disk Image
- Active@ Data CD/DVD Burner
- Active@ Partition Recovery
- Active@ File Recovery
- Active@ Password Changer
- Active@ Disk Editor
- Active@ Kill Disk
- Active@ Partition Manager
- Network operations utilities
Network operations utilities to help you map network drives, view network status, configure IP settings and Windows firewall and to help you connect and work with a server remotely.
- Supplementary Utilities
Utilities to monitor the status of your hard disk, copy, move and delete files and folders and create a text file.
- System Utilities
System utilities to create, delete, format and resize partitions, manage system tasks, run command prompt commands, check disk integrity and and defragment volumes, display system information, configure the display parameters and edit system boot configuration.
- Games: Minesweeper, Solitaire, Spider
- Internet tools: Opera internet browser and Mail Sender
- Console Tools: Command Prompt, DiskPart, DiskRAID, FTP Clients
- Professional Tools: PowerShell, BitLocker Manager & Repair tool, iSCSI Manager, SSH & Telnet clients
- A list of documents that support Boot Disk utilities.
Active@ Boot Disk includes a set of useful tools for:
- Recover data
- Reset Windows passwords
- Backup your computer system
- Securely erase data
Active@ Boot Disk can start from a bootable CD/DVD/DVD/BD Disc or USB Flash Media.
What this allows you to do is lock selected volumes for your exclusive use. Locking a volume is important if you want to wipe data residue from unoccupied space on the drive or recover data from files or folders.
When you boot from the local hard drive, drive volumes cannot be locked by the resident system. The recover operation must have exclusive access to the target location. If a service or another application gains access to the target location, it might write over the files that you are trying to recover, rendering them un-recoverable.
- Backup the system drive
If you backup the system drive with Windows started from the same drive, when you restore the backup, it starts as though you are recovering from a loss of power. The boot up starts with system integrity checking. If you backup the system drive with Windows started from an external drive, the restored system starts clean.
- Wipe unused data from the MFT
system records and directories, from MFT (on NTFS), from unused clusters, from file slack space (see Active@ KillDisk). A "clean" wipe operation is not possible with Windows started from the same drive. If you wipe data with Windows started from an external drive, the wipe performs cleanly.
- Delete files
If you delete files with Windows started from the same drive, Volume Shadow Copy service may still be active, keeping the previous version of the file or even a snapshot of the whole disk. It is possible that an uninvited intruder may retrieve this confidential data. If you delete files with Windows started from an external drive, the delete is permanent.