Here is a list of some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. I will continue to update this with more content when I have time or a new question has been asked.
Most troubling message!
► I'm on a dial-up modem or other slow connection and I don't want to wait to download everything. Can I get the files I need by other means?
Building Help Topics
► Is there a way to combine the original UBCD with UBCD4Windows and possibly other CDs, such as bootable Linux CDs?
Don't panic, NO UBCD4Win download contains any type of viruses or spyware (providing of course you have downloaded it from one of the approved mirrors on this site, we can not and will not vouch for 3rd party download sites). There is of course the rare possibility that one of our mirror site servers could be compromised and infect the files on it with a virus. For this possibility, we have listed the MD5 hash for ALL of our downloads. We have always suggested on the download page to always verify the MD5 hash of the file you have just downloaded.
Your AntiVirus most likely is just giving a false positive, this is where your AntiVirus mistakenly identifies a legitimate file as a virus. Unfortunately despite AntiVirus vendors best efforts false positives are common and are usually fixed within a couple of hours or days with the release of a new definition file. Check your virus definitions are up to date, if not run the update facility within your AntiVirus program to see if the issue has been fixed. If the file is still being flagged please consider doing two things. First, if you need to "ease your mind" that UBCD4Win does not include spyware consider using a free online scanner. Second, please send the file in question to your AntiVirus company so they can test the file. Here are links to a couple of popular free online scanners:
The above 2 sites will scan any file for you and use multiple AntiVirus engines. This should be a very good indication of whether the file is a virus or not. Please read what the results are saying as some files may be identified as riskware or a security risk, if a file is identified as this "IT IS NOT A VIRUS" see below for more information.
One other increasing problem is "riskware." Riskware is good software made for a helpful purpose, however hackers and thieves could possibly exploit the software and use it for evil. A few examples would be KeyFinder, VNC software, and IPScan. Keyfinder is a great tool that allows you to find the product key for Windows or Office installations. If you misplaced this information, then tool can save your butt! A hacker could use this to steal your information too, but I personally find it very unlikely. Key generators and other means of getting product keys are a lot easier than trying to steal a few keys from people. VNC software is great for connecting to other computers in your network or connecting to your home computer from a remote location. It's sad that the bad guys have figured out scripts, exploits, etc., to hack into your computer and steal information from you. IPScan is a great packet sniffer, but of course someone else could use it to sniff the packets in your network and monitor your traffic. Sounds scary, but as long as you are careful you honestly have nothing to worry about. The tools are all in their original form and are only run when you actually run the tool. As a matter of fact, a huge majority of programs are never run on the system that you build UBCD4Win with. They are only run when you run them from their menu option in UBCD4Win.
Tools in UBCD4Win which are known to be identified as riskware/security risks by certain AntiVirus Vendors:
Is hideexec.exe a virus then?
The Answer to this is NO, hideExec cannot do anything malicious to your PC it won't delete files, send spam emails, give access to others to use etc,.
Info on HideExec.exe and what it is from hilander999
"Most anti virus software shows nothing, but this file can be used to run any type of program completely hidden, so it shows up as a "security Threat" or "Hack Tool". This is because this program can be used to run programs without your knowledge.
This is the program that is currently being used to run all the startup scripts hidden, so you don't see all the command windows opening up, because it looks sloppy.
There are several programs that work somewhat like this one does, but HideExec.exe seems to be superior with the way it can start services & run anything in the background & keep it from being seen."
AntiVirus Programs which are known to detect this file (NB certain advanced settings may need to be enabled for it to be detected):
AntiVir - SPR/HideExec.B
Avira - SPR/HideExec.B
CAT-QuickHeal - (Suspicious) - DNAScan
Kaspersky - not-a-virus:RiskTool.Win32.HideExec.b
McAfee - potentially unwanted program Generic PUP
Norton - Hacktool.HideWindow
Is Keyfinder.exe a virus?
Again the answer is no. The problem with keyfinder.exe is that it can locate and tell you what your serial number is for installing WinXP. This is very useful if you have forgotten or lost it, however it can be used for illegal means and "steal" someone else's legitimate serial number.
AntiVirus Programs which are known to detect this file (NB certain advanced settings may need to be enabled for it to be detected):
AntiVir - SecurityPrivacyRisk/XP.Keyfinder riskware, SecurityPrivacyRisk/PSW.RAS.A.2 riskware, SecurityPrivacyRisk/PSW.RAS.A.3 riskware
CAT-QuickHeal - PSWTool.RAS.a (Not a Virus)
DrWeb - Tool.KeySearch
Fortinet - HackerTool/Keyfinder
Kaspersky - not-a-virus:PSWTool.Win32.RAS.a
McAfee - potentially unwanted program Generic PUP
From Rdsok Moderator at AVG help forum:
" What are viruses, trojans, worms, exploits and false positives.
Viruses are probably the easiest to describe. They are destructive programs, usually a single file, that try to infect other files and or disks. They also can have destructive payloads that are meant to corrupt the information on a system. Unfortunately the word virus itself has been generalized by the public and then the antivirus companies themselves so now the word more often than not just means an infection in general. This is a bit unfortunate since fighting real viruses is done with different methods than the other malware out there.
Trojans are a bit more esoteric than just a virus. Just like their Greek counterpart the Trojan Horse, you get these "little extras" when installing certain so called "free" programs, opening certain types of emails or visiting certain less than scrupulous websites etc. Some of these live to collect information found on your system, where you go on the internet and then send this info back to the author of the malware. Others are used to gain "backdoor" access to your system so the author can use or take over your computer for their own uses. Another type is use to re-direct your modem to dialup a long distance number such as a 900 number where you end up with a large phone bill and they rake in the money. Antivirus programs have more trouble finding this type of malware because the trojans are actually made to hide from them.
Worms are a bit like viruses in that they live to infect, but their targets are other computers on a network. These also can be contained in emails and news feeds or also just travel the internet to your computer. Like the trojans, they also are usually programmed to hide from antivirus programs if they can.
Exploits aren't really threats in and of themselves. Instead they are methods that can be used for good or bad just depending on what they are developed for. If you find any of these, it doesn't mean someone was trying to do something bad, but it is very likely that they were. If you get any of these, just get rid of them and be done with them.
Now there is another general type of threat that I haven't mentioned yet. This is generally called Spyware. Spyware contains varying levels of threats from the very minor to others that are probably worse that all of the above malware. Often these also contain trojans but other malware can also be included. Antivirus programs seldom can effectively clean this and really isn't made for these. While spyware's may contain say a trojan, there are more parts to a spyware and these parts are not what an antivirus aren't made to clean up. In addition, some people actually use some items that would fall into this category. Many P2P (peer-to-peer) programs install spyware as do programs made to monitor your workers or even children's activity on the computer. So removing this type of potential malware requires that you know what you are dealing with before you remove them.
False Positives are actually mistakes made by antivirus and sometimes antispyware utilities. The companies that are trying to protect us against the threats I've described are under enormous pressure to get the malware identified and a fix created that there isn't enough time except, for very basic testing, before they must release these identifications and fixes. Add to this fact that the authors of the malware are also using the same program compilers and software libraries that often a good program may get misidentified as a bad one. Typically, the protection programs quarantine area that is made to safely hold a malware will allow you to restore these if you don't get impatient and empty it first. If you report the false positive to your protection company, they will be able to correct their mistake.
Security Threats are the last type of issue that needs some mention here. Many protection programs will point this type of program out so people often get confused about them thinking they are dangerous in themselves. Really they are and they aren't. These are utilities used to recover lost passwords or program serial numbers and other useful functions. So they are very useful in aiding you in recovering your sensitive information... but like anything they can also be use against you. A project like UBCD4Win would be very incomplete without these types of utilities because of their very usefulness, but you must be aware that they are there so they also won't be used against you in breaking into your own computer. So when you create yourself a UBCD4Win CD, remember to safeguard where you leave the disk so you won't be taken advantage of."
1. The files from your Windows® Installation CD-Rom.
Supported Windows® versions are:
- Windows® XP Home Edition (must be slip streamed with Service Pack 1 or higher)
- Windows® XP Professional (must be slip streamed with Service Pack 1 or higher)
- Windows® Server 2003, Web Edition
- Windows® Server 2003, Standard Edition
- Windows® Server 2003, Enterprise Edition
2. UBCD4Win Builder runs on Windows® 2000/XP/2003 systems.
3. You must be able to record an ISO image to a CD-Rom or DVD media.
- 300Mhz CPU
- 128Mb RAM (256Mb recommended)
- 500Mb Hard drive with at least 100Mb free
- 2Mb VGA graphics card (8Mb recommended)
- Keyboard and Mouse
No, this project will always be freeware along with the utilities included in it. Of course, any donations on your behalf would be greatly appreciated. More information HERE.
Please read through and follow the instructions on the How To Build page.
If you happen to run into problems, receive error messages, or have questions please view these FAQ topics, search our support forum, and even post a question in our support forum if necessary. We are always glad to help.
NO. Windows XP & newer OS versions use a new version of NTFS and will automatically update the file system on the host computer during the boot process. If that happens, the NT OS system will be unbootable with no known solution to make it bootable again. Please make sure your NT install has at least SP6.
There are dramatic changes when you compare XP to Vista. Several new capabilities have been added but too many things have changed. Currently you can not use your Vista DVD as a "source" to build UBCD4Win. We are working on either creating a separate Vista version of the project or making a version that can be build with either XP or Vista source files.
However, you can build your UBCD4Win disc on a Vista system. A few members of the development team and myself have been testing UBCD4Win on Vista computers since version 3.04. I am personally building and updating all builds of UBCD4Win only on my Vista computer. I want to ensure that users can at least still build UBCD4Win on Vista systems as long as they have an XP source. Currently the only issue with running UBCD4WinBuilder on a Vista system is UAC. Our builder must be "run as Administrator" even if you are currently signed in as an Administrator. None of our current postprocessing scripts are effected by UAC so the build should run smoothly.
You can boot your Vista system with UBCD4Win but use caution. First, if you used 2k3 as your "source" to build UBCD4Win do NOT use that CD on a Vista system it will damage the Vista restore points. There have been a few bad reports with other Bart PE based boot CD's, but the cause of the problem has been a few incompatible tools (mostly registry restore software). By default there are no programs know to cause damage to a Vista system when UBCD4Win is booted on it. Still please use caution with Vista systems.
You cannot build UBCD4Win with Windows® 2000 as the "source." However, you can build the project on a Windows® 2000 system as long as you have an XP source.
Specifically, the Windows® 2000 kernel does not support the "/minint" switch and therefore cannot boot from read only media, this switch was added in XP. Also the layout.inf does not contain some needed fields.
This is becoming more of a common occurrence. AntiVirus companies are always trying to help protect us from new viruses but they do make mistakes sometimes. These "false positives" are reported to us every several weeks. Almost all vendors have released a virus definition that has listed different files in the project download as viruses or trojans. When people report this to us, we contact the vendor and send them the "offending" file. Usually within 24 hours a new virus definition file is released by them with "false positive" removed.
Here is what I recommend when you run into this problem:
1. Verify the MD5 hash of the file you just downloaded.
2. Scan the file again with you AV software. Please note any "infected" files.
3. Scan the file with an "online" scanning site such as: http://virusscan.jotti.org/
4. As long as 1-3 check out, MD5 matches and the "infected" file isn't listed by many scanners from the website above, you should be safe.
5. Close any programs that use the internet (Firefox, thunderbird, IE, Outlook, etc.) and disable your AV software for 5-10 minutes.
6. Build the project, enable your AV software, and then you should be fine.
If you are still unsure of this or have questions, please feel free to post in the forum.
I'm on a dial-up modem or other slow connection and I don't want to wait to download everything. Can I get the files I need by other means?
Of course you can! You can order a CD with almost everything (you need your XP CD) you need that will be shipped to you. More details and information are HERE.
Simply, copyright laws. In order to create the UBCD4Win boot disc, XP files are pulled from your XP CD. That is how the project boots into a mini "XP" environment. If we made the ISO available MS would shut the site down and probably sue me.
The CD's are by different people. Ben (UBCD4Win author) found out about the original UBCD when it was first released. He was active in their Yahoo group (now gone) and started distributing UBCD. After almost a year several people in the UBCD group said they would like a Windows version. So Ben started UBCD for Windows.
▫UBCD4Windows needs extra files provided by the user in the I386 folder of their WinXP installation cd.
▫Ultimate BootCD (UBCD) is a complete ISO that needs no other files to burn it to CD and it works.
▫UBCD4Windows gives the user a Windows user interface.
▫UBCD gives the user a DOS based user interface.
▫Ultimate Boot CD 4 Windows boots once and you can access all programs, no further reboot required.
▫UBCD boot you need to reboot each time to access different program.
▫UBCD4Windows gives you full read/write access to NTFS/FAT/FATS32 drives.
▫UBCD gives read/write to FAT/FATS32 and ONLY read access to NTFS (this means you can't alter any data).
▫UBCD4Windows has limited support for USB devices. For example, external hdd's providing they are plugged in at boot.
▫UBCD has no USB support.
The list can go on and on, so I'll limit it to this. In no way am I trying to discount how valuable the original UBCD is, it has many purposes and several abilities that UBCD4Win doesn't. Also if any of this information is inaccurate, PLEASE email me and I will fix the mistake.
The UBCD is still a valuable tool for any admin or home user, the UBCD4Windows is a enhancement not a replacement.
Some real world examples of the difference.
1. You have a virus on a WinXP PC with a NTFS drive. The UBCD will not be able to remove it, as you are limited to running one program at a time, it has NTFS read capabilities but can't run the virus scanner at the same time, even if it could you only have READ capabilities this means you can't write or delete data from the drive. Now the UBCD4Windows has full read/write access. This means it can remove viruses from a NTFS drive, so the UBCD4Windows can do what the UBCD can't.
2. Data recovery. Your hdd won't boot but the data is OK. The UBCD will give you read access but you can only write the data to either FAT or FATS32 drive nor can you write data to a USB hdd. UBCD4Win gives you full read/write access to your drives. This means that if you have two NTFS hard drives you could copy your data from one hard drive to another to rescue your data. If you have a USB external hard drive you will be able to plug it in and copy the data that way. You can even connect to your home network and copy the files off that system to another connected to the network. With original UBCD you wouldn't be able to do this.
The UBCD4Windows and Ultimate BootCD are two entirely different projects the only similarity is the name because Ben was/is active with the Original UBCD.
For versions 3.04 and up, run the Uninstall program.
For versions 3.03 and lower, simply delete the folder where you extracted the project, it's that simple!!
The "install" file for versions 3.03 and lower may look like an installer but it is actually just a WinRAR archive with a few added options and our new "Integrity Checker" tool. There is no need for any part of the project to "attach" it 'self to your system. No registry entries are necessary for building the project.
With new versions (3.04 and up) we are now using InnoSetup to install the project. There are many benefits to using InnoSetup so we have decided to start using it.
UBCD4Win Version 3.11 (and up) includes our "NIC driver pack" version 2.5, Joshua's nVidia NIC driver pack, and BTS mass storage drivers.
Currently only our NIC drivers are included in the download, BTS mass storage drivers are now used for storage devices.
First, the "driver pack" are not perfect. Only when a user reports a problem and actually helps us by providing additional information and does testing, is it possible to figure out what and where the problem is. Some of the drivers can or will conflict with each other. We and our testers only have so much hardware to test with so it is not possible to perfect everything.
Hardware manufacturers do not help either since they like to use the same file name for a driver but then have different versions that only work on certain hardware. For example, the nForce drivers are notorious for that. Example, nForce1 uses xx.sys version 2.1.....but then nForce2 uses xx.sys version 3.02. If we include 3.02 in our drivers then nForce2 will work but nForce1 will not??!! I do not understand why they do this and it really makes it harder for us and users of the project.
The driver pack is included to try and help everyone. Advanced users who may work on many different types of computers and would like support for all the systems they work on. "Newbies" need the drivers so their hardware is supported because they may not have the ability to add the drivers themselves.
We have been working with BTS for over a year now and have been making great progress with them. They are a bunch of talented and hard working people that have created some great driver packs. Currently we have only been able to implement the storage drivers, but with more hard work we should soon be able to implement more.
This can be caused by conflicting drivers or a lack of the right driver. By default the "BTS Mass Storage" drivers are enabled in UBCD4Win. If your device is not found then feel free to ask for assistance in our forum.
Since version 3.06- the BTS drivers plugin is now enabled by default, there is no need for the user to do anything.
For version 3.05- the drivers changed a little with this release. We removed our storage drivers pack and replaced it with the BTS drivers. Our NIC drivers are still in place though in the "drivers\NET" folder. The BTS mass storage drivers are more complete and compatible when compared to previous "UBCD4Win driver packs." When building UBCD4Win make sure to setup the "# DriverPack - Press <CONFIG> to enable drivers" by highlighting it and clicking the "Config" button. After refreshing the Plugin screen you should see an item called "# DriverPack MassStorage Text Mode."
For 3.04 and prior versions- Look at some of the already included drivers, you will find them in "C:\UBCD4Win\drivers". The network drivers in the "NET" folder and hard drive controllers in "SCSIAdapters" folder. Usually you can just create a folder for your driver files and place them in it. Keep in mind that you do not "install" the drivers, it must just be the component files. Then you can "build" the project again and your device should now be visible or recognized. usually you just create a folder for your driver files and place them in it.
If you need further assistance adding your drivers please visit our forum HERE.
Short answer, the USB device is evidently too slow for our UBCD4WinBuilder program. If data isn't processed quickly enough the build will fail. Do not build UBCD4Win from or to a USB device, always use one that is connected to your computer internally to avoid build problems.
Mentioned originally in this post, please ask questions there is necessary: http://www.ubcd4win.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=2742
There several problems that you can run into when using a Dell CD or system:
▫You receive a "missing xxxxx.xxx file when booting UBCD4Win. Your Dell CD may contain other drivers that are needed for the system you are trying to boot the project with. Please post a question in the forum, we will try to help with this error.
▫You receive building errors when trying to build UBCD4Win with the Builder. This is a registry problem instructions are below:
1. Download the subinacl tool from Microsoft. Install this tool to the default "C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools" folder.
2. Download this dellregfix.zip file, unzip it.
3. Copy your Dell XP CD to a folder such as "C:\dellxpcd".
4. In your "C:\dellxpcd" folder find where the "setupreg.hiv" file is. You need to copy the subinacl.exe file from the "C:\Program Files\Windows Resource Kits\Tools" folder and the dellregfix.cmd files to this folder.
5. Now run the dellregfix.cmd file. Make sure you ONLY run this CMD script from within your "C:\dellxpcd" folder!
This fix doesn't always work, I would give it a success rate of about 90%. If this does not work for you, please post in our support forum. We may be able to still help you.
▫Disable- DComLaunch Service, it is only to be used when building with SP2.
▫Enable- LargeIDE Fix (KB331958), this hotfix is needed for SP1 or you could have hard drive corruption.
▫DELETE- The "MultiBoot" folder from your build. MultiBoot is currently not compatible with UBCD4Win.
▫Disable- PPoe dialup support, this plugin is setup for XP builds
▫Enable- PPPoe dialup support for 2K3, this plugin is setup for 2K3
There have also been so reports of problems with 2K3 SP2, so if possible please build with 2K3 SP1. A few users have also had problems with drivers when building with 2K3. This is caused by incompatible XP drivers, so please build with drivers for 2K3 or only build with a XP source.
There could be several things wrong:
▫The CD could be corrupted or damaged.
▫Your bios isn't set to boot from CD.
Most PC's you need to press delete at the post screen to enter the bios. For the latest Dell's press F12 this will give you a menu of which device to boot from, floppy, cd rom, hdd. If you are unsure how to enter your bios read the manual that came with your PC on how to access your bios and change the settings to boot from the CD. If your not familiar with accessing and using the bios, make sure you write down what the original settings are before you change anything. Older PC's may not support booting from CD.
<CAUTION: Altering the bios settings could make your PC not work. Altering the boot priority won't have any effect on how your PC works, but if you alter anything else it could. Approach the bios with caution.>
▫Finally, it could be possible that your CD-Rom drive doesn't support bootable CD's or is faulty. This could be the case with an old CD Rom. If you can try a different CD-Rom in your PC, another PC, etc.
If none of these tips help post your problem in the forum.
Yes, in a way. You can use a program called Smart Boot Manager to use a floppy to boot the system it will then boot from a CD. Directions for that program below, from DigiWiz:
|1) download the latest 3.7.1 version HERE
2) extract to a folder of your choice
3) insert floppy
4) double-click on the CreateFloppyBootDisk.bat file
I made this for myself - always forgetting those command switches
Updating AntiVirus programs included in the project
Most of the AntiVirus and Malware tools can be updated very easily within UBCD4Win Builder, on the "plugin" page. Programs that have this capability have <CONFIG- to update> after their name. Simply click on the name of the tool to highlight it, click Config, and follow the instructions that will follow.
This occurs when PE Builder is having problems reading files from your XP CD during the build process. This is one of the reasons why I changed the instructions on the "how to build" page and now suggest users copy their XP CD to a folder on their hard drive. Every user who has contacted me with this error has confirmed that copying the CD to their hard drive has corrected this issue.
This is very similar to the above question. Users who have reported this error to me were building the project with their CD. Once they copied their XP CD to their hard drive, the problem was fixed. Please follow my recommendation in the instructions, copy your XP CD to your hard drive.
This has generally been a Dell computer issue. Although, it has been reported on a non-Dell system. However, we could not confirm if that user could have been using a Dell XP CD. With the release of 3.0, this error should not appear anymore. We have taken steps that should stop this error from occurring with no intervention from the user.
UBCD4Win has several options to remove virus infections from a PC.
Option 1: Use McAfee stinger, however this is limited as it will only detect a handful of virus’s, these are the most prevalent at the time. See http://vil.nai.com/vil/averttools.asp for list of current virus’s it will detect and move, this is updated frequently.
Option 2: AntiVir
Current AntiVir rating at Virus Bulletin http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archives/pro...xml?antivir.xml
Start up AntiVir Personal Edition and update the virus definitions.
Select "tools" and "start internet update."
You will be prompted that either there are or are not updates available. If there are, download them.
After your computer has downloaded and installed the updates you will be prompted to "quit the program", select Yes.
You will now need to open AntiVir Personal Edition again, this time the program and definitions will be up to date.
Before you scan for virus’s you should change some of the repair settings. Some virus’s replicate themselves many times on a single PC so if you leave the settings on repair with prompt you could be sitting pressing yes to deleting a virus several hundred times. To avoid that:
Select: Options-->Configuration, then navigate to Repair. On that page change these settings:
Reported items change to Repair without prompt
Not repairable items delete without prompt
One word of caution this will remove virus’s without asking, if could remove something you don’t want it to or that’s not a virus by mistake.
If you scan with the defaults and it's finding the same virus over and over again, it you select the options/repair box you can alter the settings to:
Reported items change to Repair without prompt
Not repairable items delete without prompt
Now select the hard drives on your system. You should now be able to click on the magnifying glass, which will start the scan.
Once the scan is complete you will get a report window telling you how virus’s have been found and repaired/deleted.
Click OK and exit the software.
Option 3: Trend Micro SysClean
Current Trend Micro rating at Virus Bulletin http://www.virusbtn.com/vb100/archives/pro...s.xml?trend.xml
Sysclean by default is set to scan all hdd's and automatically repair/delete infected files. If you want to scan a particular drive then you will need to click on the advanced button, this will then allow you to select the partition or folder you would like to scan.
To start Sysclean scanning, press Scan.
Check that the file NTLDR is on the hdd, it will be located on C:\ntldr. If the file is not there replace it with a copy from your original installation disc.
Now try to repair your hard drive:
Go -> Programs -> System Tools -> Check Disk
Type C if this is your partition containing the operating system, adjust according if these files are on a different partition ie D, E etc....
When prompted "Do you want to fix errors ....", enter Y. When prompted "Start check disk?", enter Y.
Then defrag the Hard Drive, you can use Dirms or DefragNT, once complete reboot.
Your system should now boot.
If this still doesn't work you will need to do a repair installation of XP. I haven't received any feedback from these instructions but they should work. If you ever have to do this, please email me and let me know if this method worked for you.
In most cases you should be able to boot the system with your UBCD4Win CD and have access to your hard drive. In worst cases there are some pointers and advice below from one of the forum moderators.
|The answer is yes, but not in all cases.
If the hard drive is physically damaged or cannot be detected by the bios (see below for a trick that may help in some cases) then your only option if you need the data to be recovered is to use a specialist data recovery company such as Ontrack or Convar. However this will be expensive.
Hopefully you are reading this before you need to use the UBCD4Windows, in which case back up your important data now to other media.
The following advice is from my own experience of data recovery.
If the hard drive doesn’t appear to be physically working one trick is to put it in the freezer, yes you read correctly put it in the freezer in an air tight bag and squeeze all the air out of the bag. This won’t work in all cases of hard drive failure, but I’ve had success doing this in the past and it does work. DO NOT do this if you hard drive is making a loud scraping noises etc…. Your drive is physically damaged and you need to send it off to the professionals for data recovery, the more you use the drive the less likely data will be recovered.
If the drive is accessible after you remove it from the freezer you need to keep the hard drive cool as you will only get a limited time of being able to access the data on the drive, heat killed the drive so you need to keep it cool. Hard drives coolers are a very good idea. Akasa 3½ cooling fans are very good and cheap, but there are others out there. Having the PC case open is also a good idea and having a room fan pointing in the case will also help to keep the temp down on the hdd. If it’s a dusty case you may want to get the vacuum cleaner out first you have a fan blowing dust everywhere.
If you can see your data, copy it off to another media ie USB hard drive or burn it to CD.
If the still can’t see the data try running PC Inspector file recovery and use Find Lost Drive option, select logical drive and use the options where drive letters are listed ie WinXP on Windows drive C. This could take time which is why you will have to keep the drive cool. Or try Test Disk and see check the partition information on the hard drive.
If the drive is physically damaged and you wish to try recovering the data I would suggest using Unstopable Copier, but in attempting this you may damage the disk even more making recovery impossible even for the specialists.
Recovering deleted files
Use the UBCD4Windows disk. Don’t keep booting into Windows as this could write data over the deleted files.
There are several tools you can use to recover deleted data.
PC Inspector File Recovery
PC Inspector also has a Find Lost Data option, which may help. If you get an error message when trying to use this option run chkdsk.
DO NOT restore the files to the HDD you are recovering from, always copy to another partition or hard drive. If you use the same Partition your are recovering from you may go over other data you need to recover. If you’ve deleted a file Windows sees that as free space so could potentially use it.
If the above tools can’t recover the file and you need the data your only option will be to pay the professionals.
Lost Master Boot Record
If this fails to fix the problem, try Ultimate Boot CD which has some other tools that may fix the MBR but these will only run in Dos.
If none of those programs help, I’ve used Active Partition Recovery (http://www.partition-recovery.com/ for 30 Euro) to successfully recover the MBR, there’s a free demo version which will give you a good indication of successful recovery.
There are instructions and help files located in Bart's PE. They are located in the "C:\UBCD4Win\help" folder. "UBCD4Win" is just an example for the folder name you installed UBCD4Win in. There is also an online guide located here: http://www.bootcd.us/Create_PEBuilder_Plugin.php
Is there a way to combine the original UBCD with UBCD4Win and possibly other CDs, such as bootable Linux CDs?
YES, we have included software with 3.0 that allows you to do this very easily. Please visit the "customize" page of the site, instructions are there. If your distro is not listed there, then please search the forum. If you can not find information when you search then start a new topic, I'm sure someone will be able to help you.