Active@ LiveCD 2.0

Active@ LiveCD based on openSUSE 13 is a powerful set of tools that will help you in a number of data recovery and data security scenarios.

With Active@ LiveCD you can recover lost data, reset Windows passwords, make computer system backups and securely erase data.

Active@ LiveCD starts when you start your computer from a bootable CD/DVD/BD Disc or USB Disk.

When you use LiveCD...

... you gain access to the drive's data on a physical level, and on a logical level, by passing the resident operating system.

What this allows you to do is lock selected volumes for your exclusive use.

Locking a volume is important if you want to wipe data residue from unoccupied space on the drive, create a "clean" data backup or recover files or folders located on system volumes.

When you boot from ...

...the local hard drive volumes cannot be locked by the resident system.

The recovery operation must have exclusive access to the target location.

If a service or another application gains access to the target location, it might write over the files that you are trying to recover, rendering them un-recoverable.

Active@ LiveCD Desktop

Here are some other functions that you can perform by booting from the CD/DVD/USB:

Backup the system drive — If you back up the system drive with Windows or Linux OS started from the same drive, when you restore the backup, it starts as though you are recovering from a loss of power. The boot up starts with system integrity checking. If you back up the system drive with Windows\Linux started from an external drive, the restored system starts clean.

Wipe unused data from the system records and directories, from MFT (on NTFS), from unused clusters, from file slack space — A "clean" wipe operation is not possible with Windows/Linux started from the same drive. If you wipe data with Windows/Linux started from an external drive, the wipe performs cleanly.

Delete files — If you delete files with OS started from the same drive, Trash Can, Recycle Bin or Volume Shadow Copy service may still be active, keeping the previous version of the file or even a snapshot of the whole disk. It is possible that an uninvited intruder may retrieve this confidential data. If you delete files with operating system started from an external drive, the delete is permanent.

Recover Files — when you boot from an external disk, no operating system activities expected on system local disks, so you can recover your deleted files, and data on deleted\damaged volumes without of danger of data overwriting by operating system.

Active@ LiveCD contains the following products and utilities:

  • Active@ Disk Backup
  • Active@ Partition Recovery
  • Active@ UNDELETE
  • Active@ Password Changer
  • Active@ Disk Editor
  • Active@ KillDisk
  • File Managers: Dolphin & Krusader
  • Network operations utilities:
    • Map network drives (Network Folder Wizard),
    • View network status,
    • Configure IP settings and firewall
    • Connect and work with a server remotely (Remote Desktop Client).
  • Utilities to monitor the status of your hard disk, copy, move and delete files and folders create a text file, use a calculator, create a paint graphic, save display snapshots, xterm.
  • System utilities:
    • Creating, deleting, formatting and resizing partitions (GParted, Expert Partitioner),
    • Running command prompt commands (Terminal),
    • Checking disk integrity,
    • Scanning disks for viruses, display system information (System Monitor) and configure the display parameters.
  • Internet tools: Internet Browser, Remote Desktop Connection, Telnet