Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Trinity Rescue Disk

Do you need a rescue disk to fix your Windows system? If yes, then i suggest that you download Trinity Rescue Kit 3.0. Here is a short description and what it does which i took from the original site :

Trinity Rescue Kit 3.0 or TRK 3 is a 100% free CD bootable Linux distribution aimed specifically at offline operations for Windows and Linux systems such as rescue, repair, password resets and cloning. It has custom tools to easily recover data such as deleted files, clone Windows installations over the network, perform antivirus sweeps with 2 different antivirus products, reset windows passwords, read AND write on NTFS partitions, edit partition layout and much much more.

Trinity Rescue Kit 3.0 is a complete rewrite of version 1.1 and the unfinished 2.0. It ‘s mostly based on Mandrake 10.2 (Mandriva 2005) binaries and heavily adapted startup scripts. Although it requires a bit more startup time than version 1.1, it still is a fast booter(39 seconds compared to 31 in TRK 1.1 on a Compaq Evo D51s, 2.4Ghz) , recognizing even more hardware than ever. It now also has a feature for automatic proxy detection and custom startup environment adaptations. An administrator can configure his LAN (using DHCP and a webserver) so TRK3 can taken advantage of that, making it even more powerful. Apart from that, you can have any computer run a specific script from a local folder (f.i. to run maintenance and backups in batch) Where Trinity Rescue Kit 1.1 is looking at around 120.000 downloads so far (and who knows how many CDRs got burned), TRK 3.0 claims to be the most complete, fast to use toolkit when it comes to performing offline rescueing on both Windows and Linux.

What's new since 1.1:

-more hardware support:
kernel with most default options left on, so all important hardware like disc controllers and network cards are supported, even SATA disks, USB storage and gigabit ethernet. Also patched with lufs (for ntfs support) and bootsplash (background graphics)
-better network capability: besides all common network client tools, you can also run a secure shell server for remote access or TRK to TRK file copies
-run completely from memory: provided you have at least 192Mb of ram, you can run TRK from memory and eject the CD once it has booted, giving you the ability to mount other CDs
-vesa framebuffer support: TRK now has limited graphical support thanks to kernel builtin framebuffer support.
-qtparted: the famous PQMagic clone. Partition editing never been this easy thanks to the graphical interface this tool uses (via framebuffer)
-configure your LAN to be “TRK 3 compliant”: you can change the way a TRK behaves by adding an otherwise unused parameter to your DHCP server to point to a webserver where you keep specific configuration data for your TRK such as proxy settings or complete scripts with which you can do anything you want
-run scripts from a local computer by searching for /.trk/trklocal.conf
-full NTFS write support thanks to the captive ntfs project.
-more NTFS write support with the NTFS Fuse driver.
-Secure Shell server: let a user boot from TRK, enter a new password for root and connect to TRK remotely

home brewed scripts, new and improved:

-clonexp: script that uses ntfsclone to perform copies of ntfs filesystems between two computers each running their copy of Trinity Rescue Kit 3.0. One PC copies his Windows installation over the network to another PC running a TRK 3 with a secure shell server enabled. An easy way to clone Windows installations or recover as much as you can from a dying disk. Run it either interactively or from a single commandline
-winpass: does the same thing as in TRK 1.1, searches for all local Windows installations, runs chntpw on your SAM file and resets the password. It now also handles Windows on FAT32 correctly and uses the safe ntfs driver from the Linux kernel, so it works even without captive support
-regedit: is actually the same as winpass, but starts chntpw in interactive mode and allows you to edit a Windows registry
-virusscan: completely rewritten,this script now has two different engines: the default is to run with the GNU Clamav antivirus which is free for everyone. This is a very good scanner, but the drawback is that it can only detect virus infected files, not clean them. So the only option is to delete them, where most of the time the file is the complete virus. But just to be sure we don ‘t delete anything valuable, a quarantined backup is being made first.
The other part of the script uses the free-for-home-users F-prot. F-prot itself is not included in TRK but it gets downloaded from their site. F-prot DOES have the ability to disinfect files if necessary.
-ntfsundeleteall: also completely rewritten, ntfsundeleteall, a wrapper for ntfsundelete now recovers deleted files from an NTFS volume but it gives you the ability to add a recoverability percentage to the commandline. Since it only recovers files and not directories, sometimes you would have double filenames. This has been countered by adding the inode of the file at the beginning of the filename, so recoverability is 100% within the possibilities of ntfsundelete

more utils:

-links: simple webbrowser which runs in framebuffer graphical mode. Handy to go and read some reference docs on the Internet
-ftp and lftp
-ssh and scp
-ms-sys: This program is used to create Microsoft compatible boot records. It is able to do the same as Microsoft "fdisk /mbr" to a hard disk. It is also able to do the same as Microsoft "sys d:" to a floppy or FAT partition except that it does not copy any system files, only the boot record is written.
-Reiserfs tools
-ext2/ext3 tools
-dosfs tools
-tcpdump, nmap and netcat
-mdadm for offline raid configuration
-burn, a utility that stresses your CPU
-samba client: mount windows shares over the network
-shred: erase a harddisk until it’s unrecoverable even by magnetic resonance recovery
-fatback: undelete files from fat filesystems
-TestDisk: Tool to check and undelete partition, works with most common partitions
-PhotoRec: File and pictures recovery. PhotoRec has been created to recover pictures from digital camera memory and it has been extended to recover lost files from harddisk (List of known files). PhotoRec is safe to use, it will never attempt to write to the drive or memory support you are about to recover from. Recovered files are instead written in the directory from where you are running the PhotoRec program.
-perl 5

The screenshots are not suitable to be placed here, since it's quite big, so i suggest you to go directly to the screenshot page

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