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Overview
Current release: 4.1.1


You need the Ultimate Boot CD if you want to:

  • Run floppy-based diagnostic tools from CDROM drives. More and more PCs are shipped without floppy drives these days, and it is such a royal pain when you need to run diagnostic tools on them.

  • Free yourself from the slow loading speed of the floppy drive. Even if you do have a floppy drive, it is still much much faster to run your diagnostic tools from the CDROM drive, rather than wait for the tool to load from the floppy drive.

  • Consolidate as many diagnostic tools as possible into one bootable CD. Wouldn't you like to avoid digging into the dusty box to look for the right floppy disk, but simply run them all from a single CD? Then the Ultimate Boot CD is for you!

Tools currently included in the Ultimate Boot CD are:

When you boot up from the CD, a text-based menu would be displayed, and you would be able to select the tool you want to run. The selected tool actually boots off a virtual floppy disk created in memory.

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Overview
Current release: 4.1.1

For those of you interested in a Windows version of the Ultimate Boot CD, you might want to check out this project initiated by Ben Burrows.

Ultimate Boot CD is completely free for the download, or could be obtained for a small fee. If you had somehow paid a ridiculous amount of money for it, you have most likely been fleeced. The least you could do is to make as many copies of the offical UBCD and pass it to your friends, relatives, colleagues or even complete strangers to minimize the per unit cost of your loss!



You need the Ultimate Boot CD if you want to:


Run floppy-based diagnostic tools from CDROM drives. More and more PCs are shipped without floppy drives these days, and it is such a royal pain when you need to run diagnostic tools on them.


Free yourself from the slow loading speed of the floppy drive. Even if you do have a floppy drive, it is still much much faster to run your diagnostic tools from the CDROM drive, rather than wait for the tool to load from the floppy drive.


Consolidate as many diagnostic tools as possible into one bootable CD. Wouldn't you like to avoid digging into the dusty box to look for the right floppy disk, but simply run them all from a single CD? Then the Ultimate Boot CD is for you!


New! Run Ultimate Boot CD from your USB memory stick. A script on the CD prepares your USB memory stick so that it can be used on newer machines that supports booting from USB devices. You can access the same tools as you would from the CD version.

When you boot up from the CD, a text-based menu will be displayed, and you will be able to select the tool you want to run. The selected tool actually boots off a virtual floppy disk created in memory.

Tools currently included in the Ultimate Boot CD are:

You need the Ultimate Boot CD if you want to:

  • Run floppy-based diagnostic tools from CDROM drives. More and more PCs are shipped without floppy drives these days, and it is such a royal pain when you need to run diagnostic tools on them.
  • Free yourself from the slow loading speed of the floppy drive. Even if you do have a floppy drive, it is still much much faster to run your diagnostic tools from the CDROM drive, rather than wait for the tool to load from the floppy drive.
  • Consolidate as many diagnostic tools as possible into one bootable CD. Wouldn't you like to avoid digging into the dusty box to look for the right floppy disk, but simply run them all from a single CD? Then the Ultimate Boot CD is for you!
  • New! Run Ultimate Boot CD from your USB memory stick. A script on the CD prepares your USB memory stick so that it can be used on newer machines that supports booting from USB devices. You can access the same tools as you would from the CD version.

When you boot up from the CD, a text-based menu will be displayed, and you will be able to select the tool you want to run. The selected tool actually boots off a virtual floppy disk created in memory.

Tools currently included in the Ultimate Boot CD are:

Name of Tool

Version Notes
CPU Tests
CPU Burn-in

1.00

The Linux version which is included in UBCD is at V1.00. V1.01 applies to Windows only.
Mersenne Prime Test

23.5.2

Need to update Mersenne Prime Test boot disk to allow user to manually override the decision (based on automatic CPU detection) to run V23/V24. The original maintainer does not have time to do this, so if you are interested to help, please contact me directly.
StressCPU

24-Oct-05

V2.0 is out, but I need someone to either update Adrian's combo Linux loader (/boot/cpustres*) or send me a new one. Please email me directly if you can help.
Memory Tests
Memtest86

3.3

 
Memtest86+

1.70

 
Windows Memory Diagnostic

n/a

 
DocMem RAM Diagnostic

3.1beta

 
TestMem4

4

 
Peripherals Tools
Parallel port detection and test utilities

1.45

 
ATAPI CDROM Identification

2.22

 
CHZ Monitor-Test

1.01

 
CPU Information
Intel Processor Frequency ID

7.2.20041115

 
Intel Processor Identification Utility

3.3.20061218

 
x86test

0.10a

 
System Information
AIDA16

2.14

Discontinued
NSSI

0.59.14

 
PC-Config

9.33

 
ASTRA

5.31

Demo version
PCISniffer

1.5

 
PCI

1.1

pcidevs.txt: 13 Feb 2006
CTIA

2.7

 
DIMM_ID

3.01

 
Benchmark Tools
System Speed Test 32

4.78

 
3D Benchmark VGA

1.0

 
CPU Benchmark

n/a

 
CD Index

1.1

 
QwikTest

n/a

 
BIOS Tools
BIOS

1.35.0

 
WipeCMOS

1.2

 
CMOSPWD

4.8

 
!BIOS

3.20

 
Hard Disk Installation Tools
MaxBlast 5 (Maxtor)

5.0

 
DiscWizard 2003 (Seagate)

10.45.06

 
Disk Manager (Seagate)

9.56a

 
Disk Manager (Samsung)

10

 
Hard Disk Diagnostic Tools
Drive Fitness Test (IBM/Hitachi)

4.09

 
Diagnostic Tool (Fujitsu)

6.90

 
SeaTools for DOS (Seagate/Maxtor)

1.09

 
SHDIAG (Samsung)

1.25

 
HUTIL (Samsung)

1.21/2.03

From soeren: "HUTIL 2.00 lacks the possibility to view the SMART values and it appears to be a lot slower than 1.21. It's only needed for the newest Samsung drives, the "older" ones still work with 1.21."
DLG Diagnostic (Western Digital)

4.15/5.04c

V5.x has been reported not to work on some older machines, so V4.15 has been included as a backup.
Data Lifeguard (Western Digital)

11.2

 
SCSIMax (Maxtor/Quantum)

1.21

 
GWSCAN (Gateway)

3.15/5.09

V5.x is for IDE hard drives larger than 10GB. For IDE hard drives 10GB or smaller, V3.15 is recommended.
ESTest (ExcelStor)

4.20

 
Salvation HDD Scan and Repair

3.0

Demo version
MHDD32

4.6

 
ViVARD

0.4

 
HDAT2

4.52

For personal use only
Hard Disk Device Management Tools
Feature Tool (IBM/Hitachi)

2.05

 
AMSET (Maxtor)

4.00

 
MAXLLF (Maxtor)

1.1

 
UATA100 (Seagate)

3.06

 
Ultra ATA Manager (Western Digital)

June, 2003

 
SUTIL

1.01

 
ESFeat (ExcelStor)

2.10

 
ATA Password Tool

1.1

 
SMARTUDM

2.00

 
ATAINF

1.3m

 
Hard Disk Wiping Tools
Darik's Boot and Nuke

1.0.7

 
CopyWipe

1.14

 
Active@ KillDisk Free Edition

4.1

Free Edition. Supports "One Pass Zeros" method only.
PC INSPECTOR e-maxx

0.95

Actual version is 0.95 Build 775, but is referred to as 1.0 on product website.
HDDErase

3.1

 
Hard Disk Cloning Tools
HDClone (Free Edition)

3.2.6

 
g4u

1.17

Unable to integrate latest version of g4u (does not like mkisofs -N flag, which is required for integrating Windows CD). If anyone knows of a workaround, please email me.
UDPcast

n/a

 
PC INSPECTOR clone maxx

0.95 Build 769

Actual version is 0.95 Build 769, but is referred to as 1.0 on produce website.
XXCOPY

2.93.1

Latest version on website says 2.95.3, but XXCOPY16.EXE still shows 2.93.1.
EaseUs Disk Copy

1.0

 
COPYR.DMA

Build 013

 
CopyWipe

1.14

 
Hard Disk Low-Level Editing Tools
Disk Editor

3.0

 
DISKMAN4

4.01

 
PTS DiskEditor

1.04

 
Partition Tools
Ranish Partition Manager

2.40

Using stable version because V2.44 is beta and reported to be buggy.
Free FDISK

1.3.0

 
SPFDISK (Special FDISK)

2000-03t

 
XFDISK (Extended FDISK)

0.9.3 beta

 
Cute Partition Manager

0.9.5

Although website says 0.9.6, program version and history log both says 0.9.5.
PTDD Super Fdisk

1.0

 
Partition Resizer

1.3.4

 
FIPS

2.0

 
Active@ Partition Recovery

2.1.1

Demo version
TestDisk

6.5

 
Partition Saving

3.40

 
MBRtool

2.3.100

 
MBRWork

1.07b

 
Boot Managers
Smart BootManager

3.7.1

 
Gujin

1.9

 
GAG

4.8

 
XOSL

1.1.5

 
Super Grub Disk

0.9590

 
File Tools
DOS Navigator

6.4.0

 
File Maven

3.5a

 
Necromancer's DOS Navigator

2.15 Build 4000

 
D-Browse

1.24

Must enable long filename support for it to work.
Volkov Commander

4.99.08 alpha

Or you can just type "vc" at the DOS prompt to launch this file manager.
Eraser for DOS

5.82

 
NTFS Tools
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor

070409

 
Active NTFS Reader for DOS

1.0.1

 
EditBINI

1.01.1

 
Boot Partition

2.60

 
Avira NTFS4DOS Personal

1.9

For personal use only
Anti-Virus/Malware Tools
F-Prot Antivirus for DOS

3.16f

For personal use only. Virus definition: 4 May 2007.
McAfee Antivirus Scanner

4.40.0

For personal use only. Virus definition: 3 May 2007.
BugHunter

2.1

Note that C:\ has to be accessible and writable, otherwise BUGHUNT.INI must be edited and the line C:\BUGHUNT.DAT changed to X:\BUGHUNT.DAT, where X is the drive letter of the RAM disk.
Network Tools
Arachne WWW Browser

1.90

 
NetCopy

0.2

 
FileLink

3.01

This program is part of Caldera OpenDOS V7.03
QNX Demo Browser (network + modem version)

4.00

 
DOSRDP

2.0/XP

 
DOS Boot Disks
FreeDOS Boot Disk

3.40

This is named dosubcd.igz under the images subdirectory, and is the default boot disk for most DOS programs under dosapps. You can easily make other DOS disk images your default by renaming the appropriate image file (eg. lzubcd.igz) to dosubcd.igz.
LZ-DOS Boot Disk

3.40

 
OpenDOS Boot Disk

3.40

Won't work in a virtual machine, but will work on a physical machine.
MS-DOS Boot Disk

3.40

By default, this is not included in UBCD due to its commercial nature. But you can easily download and place it under the images subdirectory in order to use it.
NwDsk: NetWare Boot Disk

3.40

You can run TinyHost by choosing the "tinyhost" profile after booting. Then you will be able to connect remotely from any Java-capable machine with the command java -jar tinyclient.jar x.x.x.x password (password defaults to 'nwdsk').
MSRRC: Bart's Network Disk Clone

3.35

 
Linux Boot Disks
Tom's Boot Disk

2.0.103

 
BasicLinux

3.40

 
Trinux

0.89

The latest incarnation of the Trinux project is ubuntutrinux, but a stable release does not exist yet.

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F.A.Q.'s

Question: Which operating system does Ultimate Boot CD run on?

Ultimate Boot CD runs independently of any operating system. It will boot from any Intel-compatible machine, regardless of whether DOS/Windows/Linux/BeOS is installed on the machine.
Question: My computer does not have the option of booting from CD in the BIOS. How can I use the Ultimate Boot CD?

Download Smart Boot Manager from http://btmgr.sourceforge.net/ and install it on a floppy disk. Set your bios to boot from floppy. After the floppy boots you will be able to boot from any drive that is connected to the computer, including the CD.

Note: FAQ above contributed by Jim Goodman

Question: I have a new Opteron system and it seems to have problems with your Ultimate Boot CD. I can boot the Windows XP setup CD, and the UBCD CD I made boots in a Pentium box, but it won't boot in my new Opteron box. Is there any way to debug what is going wrong?

I have experience similar problems (not with the UBCD) with other systems that would boot certain CDs and not others. It has always been the CDROM drive. I suspect that the laser cannot properly focus on the CD. I would temporarily replace the CDROM drive to confirm that it is not some other hardware issue.

Note: FAQ above contributed by Darrell Wiebesick

What users say about Ultimate Boot CD

    • Just to say thanks for Ultimate Boot CD :) I had a HD die on me, and since I don't use a floppy drive, the UBCD program was really helpful for the Seagate diagnostic program. - Stitchz
    • The Ultimate Boot CD is actually a dream come true, what great utilities to have on one CD! - Marcus Widén
    • Thanks for making and sharing this useful little set of tools. I've just assembled most of these same utils as separate boot disks, but your bootable CDROM solution is *much* more convenient. - Bob Prosperi
    • Let me say what a great program Ultimate Boot CD is .....it's saved my hide on more than one occasion, especially since I don't have a floppy drive (they're pretty much dead nowadays). - Peter Laltoo
    • One of the main reasons your CD is so great is because its simple and its LOADED with the features all of us tech's are to busy/lazy to create. Thats why we implore you to keep it simple and remember to shove as much as you can on it as well. - Chris R
    • Thanks for making the UBCD! I had been wanting to make something like this for myself, but it's such a pain in the ass to make a multiboot CD. - Zhi Wong
    • I think its BRILLIANT what you've put together, its EXACTLY what I've wanted to put together for a while myself but not had the time to learn how to do. Nearly all the tools you include are the very things I would have inlcuded, things I already carry around on floppy disk, so I'll now be that much lighter and better organised. It's the kindof self explanatory tool I was able to download this morning and take out with me and use during the day on various broken systems without reading any documentation whatsoever. - Pete
    • Thank you very very very much! I'me just downloading now... but I know it will be great, I wanted to do such a thing, you are the best! You give us the possibility to add our own images! Thank you! - Fabrice Hertz
    • Thanks for the creation of this BootCD! I use it at work and it's very useful as I'm a computer tech ;)) - Guillaume
    • Top work man! I very much greatly appreciate your work on the UBCD. Keep it up. - Ben Schram
    • You guys saved my ass with your CD. - Jeannette Randall
    • I gave a copy of the UBCD to one of the windows deskop support folks at work and they were really jazzed. They looked at all the disk utilities and said, "Do you know how much time I've spent tring to find these on the net?" - Scott D. Wares
    • I was looking for a tool like this some time ago. I really appreciate that you guys are developing this software. - Rolando Ramos Torres
    • I have just found your Boot CD, and all I can say is WOW it is great! - Chris
    • Thanks for making such a kick-ass CD. It's extremely helpful and I've told a half dozen people about it and they love it too. - Eric Wood
    • UltimateBootCD saved my ass today after Partition Magic and XP Recovery Console couldn't. I had my system partition unbootable and I couldn't unhide it, and your CD allowed me to do so. - Brent Midwood
    • Let me start by saying THANK YOU!!! This project of yours is the single most usefull tech utility I have ever come across just because of its versitility and its customizable features. Your work is an asset to the tech community, and I thank you from each and every one of us! - Josh Karli
    • This is a great CD your working on here. It is a worthwhile project your working on. Especially for all techs and engineers supporting various platforms! Good Stuff! (kudos!!) - Herb Oldenburg
    • I'd like to say thanks for the great work you've done with Ultimate Boot CD! It's very handy and cool to have an all-in-one utilities in one CD. - Yayan
    • I love your CD, and always have a mini-cd with it burned in my coat pocket! Works wonders in a pinch! - Matt Ross
    • Thank you for your nice job ! This was really a combination of tools a was looking for a long time, and you did it in one stuff ! Nice. - Lionel Loew
    • This CD is KKKKOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLL! - Cliff Merrow
    • I do service calls for "Barrister Global Service Network" and this is how I found out about the "Ultimate Boot CD". I like it and think it is great, it is a nice set of tools! In fact here is a cut from an email that I received from the "Lead Technical Support Representative" at Barrister a little while ago: "All technicians are now required to bring along a copy of The Ultimate Boot CD." - Bill Burkhardt
    • I would like to thank you for the best troubleshooting CD there is. It's so good that you just can put in the UBC cd and check if a drive has failed or memory is bad. Thank you! - Herman "Kr^PacMan" Ulltin
    • GOOD WORK on the Ultimate Boot CD! I ran some of the utilities and am impressed with the package you put together. Thanks for sharing it. - Dan Cornell
    • Thank you! Windows went goofy on a re-install and I had to do something without having a floppy. Ultimate Boot Disk To The Rescue! Did a format (option d) and got it to install great. - Al Capone
    • Thanks for creating the best boot CD ever! - Damion Gundlach