Ultimate Boot CD
UBCD is, as its name indicates a CD that has the distinction of being bootable. Bootable means that we can start the computer and access their content without the need for an operating system (OS in English or abstract) such as Windows or Linux. This is particularly interesting for computers that are down or have not yet installed system.
UBCD contains a large amount of tools (all free) to deal with a very large number of situations or breakdowns. It is an ideal tool for troubleshooting a computer with the OS that does not start or to prepare a computer that will receive an operating system.
The latest version of UBCD can be downloaded from the official site: Ultimate Boot CD
Before entering the heart of the matter we would talk about the tools on this CD to see how to create the first CD from the downloaded file and how to start your PC with UBCD.
Preparation of the CD
Preparation of the CD
Above all we must start with "decompress" the downloaded EXE file. To do this simply double click below for a window asks you to select the directory where you want to put the files.
Once this is done in the directory you will find a file called: ubcd34-full.iso
The ISO file is an "image" of the CD.
CD burning is an important step because it is not wrong. As I said before the CD must be bootable which means it does not burn the ISO file to a CD for this to work. In your burning software you must select a "project" Special to burn a CD image.
In the Nero, for example, must go in the menu and the submenu BURN THE IMAGE ... and finally select our famous ISO file and then start writing.
For other burning software, the procedure is slightly different but 'how to' remain the same, the important thing is to burn the file as an image and not as a file.
To start UBCD, the first thing to do is put the CD into the drive and restart the computer. There are several possible cases:
Either you get to the next screen and in this case everything is fine nothing to do more:
If you're not on this screen, it means that your computer is not set to boot from the CD. In this case it is necessary to restart the PC and go into the BIOS (by pressing the Delete key at boot time or another key that must be shown at the bottom of the screen). In the BIOS menu must find the menu to adjust what is called the boot sequence. To do this you use the arrow keys to navigate through menus. Normally this is not very difficult to find.
Once the boot sequence located just change the "first boot" and indicate CDROM (to use the arrows and the enter key on the keyboard). Once this is done leave the BIOS safeguarding the changes. I can not be more specific on this point because of a PC with another BIOS can be completely different level of the organization.
The computer must then reboot and you fall on the screen above.
Before seeing what contains UBCD, lets begin to see how it navigates through menus.
The interface is fairly basic. To enter a menu or run a tool just press the button indicated just before it.
For example, to go under "Tools Mainbord" we must press the F1 key. Once in this menu you can scroll pages with the arrows on the right and left of the keyboard. To return to the previous menu simply press ESC.
The most frequently used buttons to launch programs are the keys F1 to F9 then the numbers 1 to 9.
When you launch a program that launches a sequence until the program is loaded. When you leave a program if the computer does not restart just restart leaving the CD in the drive to return to the main menu of UBCD.
F1. Tools for Motherboard
Page 1: Test System, Test processor, memory test, Test Device
Page 2: Information Processor, Information System Benchmarks
Page 3: Tools for BIOS
F2. Tools for Hard Drives
Page 1: Installation of hard drives
Page 2: Diagnosis of hard disks
Page 3: Diagnosis of hard disks (more)
Page 4: Tools of hard disks
Page 5: Cleaners, Cloneurs Publishers and hard drives
F3. Management File
Page 1: Partitioning Tools, Boot Manager
Page 2: File Explorer, NTFS Tools
F4. Other Tools
Page 1: Anti Virus, Network tools
F5. Tools Users
F6. Floppy Boot DOS / Linux
Page 1: Floppy DOS, Linux Diskettes
F8. Start on the first disk drive
F9. Start on the second hard disk
F10. Console UBCD
Now see further what this CD contains.
The first thing you notice when browsing the menus of the CD is that there are many things! For a complete list of the simplest tools is to consult on the site of UBCD (see link at the beginning).
Nevertheless those we can find really interesting.
This tutorial does not aim to collect everything that can be said about UBCD simply to allow as many people to understand what UBCD and how it can be used. I hope I have answered these two points in a comprehensible way. For depth of the subject and especially on how to use every tool I recommend you to visit the site of UBCD.
One last important thing, if you want to use UBCD for a scan on a virus infected machines you should download the latest version which will be more days at the virus definitions. For all other tools updates are much less important.
I invite all those who have already used the latest version of UBCD to post the detail functioning of this software here in this topic.
What is the need of Ultimate Boot CD
Need of Ultimate Boot CD
You need the Ultimate Boot CD if you want to:
I just wanted to share my little experience with UBCD, namely my case for the burn speed.
Indeed I have grave once a 48x nothing to do and no way to boot on the CD, so I sounded my luck and there 24x miracle worked. I have followed exactly the same procedure.
Thank you again for good tutorial.
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