BootMed was created and is maintained by (me) Jake Teater. I am an American living in Brazil, with my wife and son. We work at an orphanage supported by my church, providing child care. Besides teaching the kids about Christ, I hope to one day (when I have the time) teach them about computer maintenance and repair. To keep my skills sharp, I do a lot of tinkering in my free time. BootMed is a product of that tinkering. The proceeds from the ad revenue and PayPal donations supplement the support we receive from the churches that support us.



BootMed is a project that I started after I had two major hard drive failures in a six month period. In both cases I used Linux live cd’s (Ubuntu, Knoppix, etc) to try to recover my information – four years worth of pictures, documents and music. In both cases I was able to recover 100% of my data.

While recovering my data I came to a few conclusions. Firstly, Linux live cd’s are made for those who already know how to use them. The documentation is hard to understand, and no clear path is laid out for those trying to troubleshoot hard drive problems. Secondly, I discovered that the actual process of recovering information, (ex. imaging a problem drive and mounting it in Windows) only involved a few steps, which any average computer user could carry out, with a little guidance.

I saw the opportunity to create a live rescue cd using already existing open source and free software, linking them up with step by step instructions and screen shots. With BootMed the average Windows user can recover data the same way the pros do, without the cost. paying hundreds of dollars.

I am not very good at replying to emails, but you can reach me at jake [at] myfixlog.com

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  1. Alphons

    1 year ago

    Dear Bootmed team member,

    I bought bootmed plus and booted the CD succesfully

    The problem is, bootmed does not recognize my external hard drives.

    They mount in the menu, but I cannot image the external hard drive.

    What to do?

    Thanks

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  2. Andrew Chong

    1 year ago

    Jake,

    I sent, through PayPal, a contribution of $25 US for the orphanage as a thank you.

    I had a hard drive with damaged sectors that could not be cloned with any other software available, trust me, I tried a number. Chckdisk crashed and failed to recognized and fixed the sectors. All available software crashed on the damaged sectors. After searching for a day on the net to find a solution, I came across ddrescue. However, my lack of Linux gave me concerns about running the solution. Your BootMed Plus gave me the interface solution I needed.

    BootMed Plus ran for 9 hours, but it was able to clone data to a new drive. The cloned drive booted up on install and ran chckdisk on a reboot and fixed the damaged sectors identified in the cloning process. Everything is running perfectly now.

    Thanks

    Andy Chong

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  3. DJ

    11 months ago

    What if bootmed won’t boot?
    I purchased bootmed, looking for another tool for file recovery. I created the cd, boots fine on a good computer, but when i put it on a computer containing a failing hard drive (which I need to recover a couple of files from) it only gets part way through the boot process and hangs on a black screen.

    Note: the hard drive is recognized by the bios, and I can see the files with testdisk. Partitions appear unformated in windows. Drive will start clicking if stressed eg if I try to image it.

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    • bootmed

      11 months ago

      DJ,
      Sorry to hear about your troubles. It sounds (clicking, BootMed Hanging) like your hard drive is very damaged. There is not a lot that you can at this point. First try opening up your computer and unplugging the HD and plugging it back it. Also, some people suggest putting your hard drive in the freezer for 24 hours, and then trying to access it. If you do, but sure to put it in an air tight freezer bag!

      You mentioned that you purchased BM+. BM+ is “no-risk”‘ware, meaning that if it doesn’t work, or you are otherwise unsatisfied, you can ask for a refund and it will be given, no questions asked. Just say the word!

      Hope this helps!

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