At a Glance
- Ubuntu-based; Helps recover data; Helps guide and tutor newbies
Recover Windows files and learn recovery with this handy and helpful boot disc.
BootMed is not a program. It’s an Ubuntu-based boot disc
tailored (or “remixed,” in BootMed jargon) with the idea of
recovering failed or malware-infected Windows PC installations.
More than that, it’s also aimed at helping less tech-savvy users
through the process. The first thing BootMed does after booting is
open Firefox and browse to the BootMed site to display help and
advice on recovery operations.
I’m sure the idea of using Linux to help teach Windows users how
to recover their files has invoked a few chuckles amongst the Linux
community as well as grimaces from Microsoft, though it’s nothing
radically new: I use Slax and Parted Magic all the time to recover
data from Windows PCs. BootMed is not dead-simple–you must at
least understand the concepts involved and be fairly proficient at
navigating a file system–but it’s a boon for less experienced
users that want to learn the basic processes of recovery and of
course, recover things.
I’m definitely adding BootMed to my bag of tools for no other
reason than that it presents a small but very useful array of tools
on an uncluttered desktop. Said tools include the GParted partition
manager as well as WINE, which allows you to run Windows programs
such as the included McAfee Stinger and ClamWin to remove
viruses and other malware. Also on hand are the PhotoRec file
recovery tool and the TestDisk
partition recovery and boot doctor.
One other nice BootMed touch is the Computer icon, which will be
familiar to Windows users, and jumps right to the file system. It
allows you to copy off files just as you would with Windows
Explorer. For those who understand Linux commands, there’s also a
terminal icon (the equivalent of CMD in Windows).
It’s a large download, but BootMed is worth it. It’s a handy
recovery as well as learning tool. BootMed is free, but
author/maintainer Jake Teater accepts donations.
Note: This software comes in 32-bit and 64-bit
versions. This is the 64-bit version, which is for PCs with a
64-bit CPU. If your PC uses a 32-bit CPU, please download the 32-bit
–Jon L. Jacobi