BootMed 1.0, last updated April of 2011 is out of date.  Go to the download page to get the newest version.  Below you will find some of the 1.0 documentation, just in case you need it.

Before I start, I cannot stress the importance of making regular back ups.  I suggest using MyPCBackup, an online back up utility.  MyPCBackup is easy to use and comes with a free version.  Even if you mistakenly delete an file, you can recover it from your MyPC Backup.

This list will take you through some of the problems that BootMed is made to solve.

  • You deleted a file and need to recover it. - When a file is deleted, it is not actually destroyed. What happens is the Operating System is told to treat the area where the file is stored as free space. Ironically, you can destroy the file you are trying to recover, simply by installing a program like Recuva, since it will be installed into your hard drive’s free space. That is why file recovery is best done from a live cd, which does not require an installation on your hard drive. Just be sure to download BootMed to a computer other than the one with the deleted file. Here are a few recovery tutorials:

    • Your computer is infected with a Virus and will not boot. - BootMed comes with a couple basic virus removal tools. Here are the tutorials:
    • Errors such as:
      • Blue Screen of Death on boot
      • Operating System Not Found
      • Missing operating system
      • NTFS_FILE_SYSTEM (STOP 0×00000024)
      • etc

These kinds of errors can be indicative of hard drive failure. The best thing you can do is make an image (exact copy) of your hard drive. The image will be a clone of your damaged hard drive, copying both good and corrupt data. You then can retrieve your files from the image in Windows. Since hard drives become more corrupt with use, the best thing you can do is make the image and preserve your information. Then you can set the hard drive aside and recover from the image. Just follow this tutorial:

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