About Active@ LiveCD
Active@ LiveCD is a powerful set of tools that will help you in a number of data recovery and data security scenarios.
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.
When you boot from ...
...the local hard drive volumes cannot be locked by the resident system.
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 starting 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 starting from the same drive, Trash Can, Recycle Bin or Volume Shadow Copy service can 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 the operating system booted from an external drive, the deletion is permanent.
- Recover Files — when you boot from an external disk, no operating system activities are expected on local system disks. You can recover your deleted files, and data on deleted\damaged volumes without the danger of data being overwritten by the operating system.