Ultimate Boot CD
At a Glance
To be clear on what UBCD isn't--it's not a suite of fancy utilities with a menu structure and lots of help screens. The disk is a collection of bootable disk images, all stored on a bootable CD. Boot the CD, then choose a disk image. The system then boots from the image, and you're running the programs on the disk. Each image has different tools, different interfaces, and different utilities. This is like a binder full of floppies on a single CD:a great time saver, but not a tool for technophobes or general users. Some of the programs on this disk can wreck your system beyond recovery if you do not know exactly what you are doing; by the same token, a skilled user can sometimes bring data back from the seemingly dead.
Ultimate Boot CD's Web site contains detailed help, FAQs, and a forum to answer your questions. There are no 'readme' files or other instructions in the file here; if you do not know what to do with a .iso file, you will need to go their site for full instructions.
Note:Certain of the programs are older and do not seem to recognize the latest hardware; again, checking the FAQs and forums of their site is the best recourse.
-- Ian Harac