The recent Langalist from Fred Langa mentioned a must have repair and recovery tool, BartPE.

BartPE is a tool that loads a live version of Windows XP or 2003 (an operating system that can be started during the boot process from a bootable CD that is run entirely from the CD). I tested the tool yesterday and it did work very well. It allowed me to grab files off a failing hard drive that I was having problems with before using the CD. There are many plugins available for BartPE as well to add more functionality to your XP/2003 recovery. The program was easy to use and created both the CD directory structure and an ISO. I also had the option to burn the CD directly from the program, but chose to do it on my own. Overall, I was very happy with this as a recovery tool.

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