Turn Your Flash Drive Into A Portable Pc Survival Kit
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Posted 27 January 2013 - 12:39 AM
I might also give a thumbs-up to Autoruns. It really bailed me out of a sticky problem a couple of years ago.
Any kind of Linux on a disk can also be a lifesaver. I've used Knoppix in the past to get into my files when a computer wouldn't boot to Windows.
Thank you for the article-I'm definitely going to get some of the things you mentioned that I haven't used before.
Posted 05 March 2013 - 06:36 AM
1. how big a thumb drive isneeded to hold the apps you mention?
2. How much space will the SystemRescueCD take?
The two comments above say 16GB,but you can never get a thumb drive to large. You can keep docs. pics, etc. These things are cheap, so at least 16, maybe even 32GB. To much is better most always.
Posted 05 March 2013 - 10:35 AM
I'm sure a 2GB USB drive will hold them all...
Don't get 2 GB unless your computer is very old. Better to do 32GB or 64GB, as the per-GB price is much lower, and you might want to put a bunch of files on the drive, too, when rescuing the machine. I don't use Portable Apps, but the ideas in the article are still valid. At minimum you need some kind of booting program (which usually means Linux), Clonezilla (which is a Linux-based program), something like GParted (another Linux program). So in all, it ends up meaning Linux on a stick with those programs. I ended up opting for Mint 13 and Fedora 17, since the other distros I tried all wouldn't have persistence on the stick (Ubuntu being the worst), or were dysfunctional in operation (again, Ubuntu being the worst).
The latest crop of Linux distros all are paranoid about root permissions, and are a pain to use as a result. So unless you are versed in terminal usage so can get around the paranoia, use the earlier distros mentioned.