Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Ubuntu Live CD As A Forensics Tool

Ubuntu is one of the best open source computer operating system based on the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. Ubuntu provides an up-to-date, stable operating system for the average user, with a strong focus on usability and ease of installation. The Ubiquity installer allows Ubuntu to be installed to the hard disk directly from the Live CD, without requiring the computer to be restarted prior to installation.

Among many benefits and functions of Ubuntu one function has not received much publicity and exposure. This pertains to data recovery using an Ubuntu Live CD. In this great tutorial Lifehacker has shown how to recover deleted files and partitions by using the Live CD.

According to the article the examined four tools can recover data from the most messed up hard drives, regardless of whether they were formatted for a Windows, Linux, or Mac computer, or even if the partition table is wiped out entirely.

Even otherwise Ubuntu is worth trying especially when it is open source and free of cost.