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(another) grub rescue CD

In a department where disks MBR[4] are reset once a day (at least) by a disk image editor which doesn’t respect standards, a GRUB rescue CD is worth the time to build it.

This kind of CD will let you boot Linux/Windows systems, perform a quick memory check, install a copy of grub to your MBR in order to be CD independent, and edit all of the above options. This copy of the CD can be used on i386 compatible systems[5].

I have followed the instructions present in the GRUB manual[1] to prepare a CD image. Then, I have uploaded it to nilleb.com[2][3], just in case. The included menu.lst took the most of the R&D time. 🙂

If you know a good, standards compliant, open source disk image editor, please let me know. 🙂

Update: Well, after a few hours, while going home by feet since the “grève gĂ©nĂ©rale” affected also my metro line, I have understood that GParted already contains such a grub-rescue-CD. Then, I have also realized that the “ghost”-like software is simply dd | gzip. Once arrived home, I have had the possibility to verify that other tools exist: I’m going to add them among the post references. Ubuntuforums are the usual source of knowledge 🙂

I think that the topic has been analyzed in an acceptable way, even if the Linux system is an open and exterminated vault of Parnassus 🙂 I can go back to work, once more extremely satisfied about using Linux.

[1] http://www.gnu.org/software/grub/manual/grub.html#Making-a-GRUB-bootable-CD_002dROM
[2] http://nilleb.com/pub/grub.iso.tar.gz
[3] http://nilleb.com/pub/grub.md5
[4] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Master_boot_record
[5] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intel_80386
[6]http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=859651
[7]http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=35087
[8]http://www.debianadmin.com/backup-and-restore-your-ubuntu-system-using-sbackup.html
[9]http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=24113
[10] http://www.sysresccd.org/Main_Page
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