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.
Active@ LiveCD combines a number of powerful tools that will enable you 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 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 to lock selected volumes for your exclusive use.
Locking a volume is important if you want to wipe the data residue from an 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.

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.

Active@ LiveCD contains the following products and utilities: