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November 6, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Computer Repair Tools That I Can’t Live Without (Part 8: SARDU Multiple Tools On A Bootable USB Flash Drive)

Hello everyone,

In the past year and a half or so I’ve repaired over 300 computers. In this series I’m describing the very repair tools that I use daily. If you would like, you can see the entire series by following these links: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7.

How would you like to carry around a 5″ USB flash drive that holds as many as fifty different antivirus rescue disks and system tools? Shardana Antivirus Rescue Disk Utility (SARDU) combines antivirus rescue disks and system tools (like partitioning programs or boot managers) in one bootable .ISO image. This gives you the means to run multiple antivirus rescue disks and other system tools from a USB drive. It is one of the coolest repair tools since “sliced bread”, and a repair tool that I can’t live without!

SARDU can be downloaded directly from the developer’s website here. The initial software does not ship with any of the antivirus rescue disks and only a couple of basic system tools. You have to then choose which programs (as .ISO images) that you want to download and then install.

SARDU will then offer to create a single .ISO image which can be burned to CD or DVD, or to copy the files to a USB device and make that device bootable. What an incredibly handy tool!

I have installed SARDU on a 16GB flash drive. I go to a clients house, boot up their machine from the USB flash drive (go into the BIOS first and change the boot order of the computer to USB. Some older computers will not boot from a USB device). I then choose the repair tool that I need and fix their computer (assuming that the problem is software related). It just doesn’t get any better than this!

Professor Randy says: Learn to use the great tools of our computer repair trade! SARDU is definitely one of them, and I highly recommend that you give it a try!





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  • Steve Stocks
    9:44 am on June 23rd, 2012 1

    Hey buddy, found your series on computer tools you can’t live without today, great
    series, kudos on the write up, found up to page 9 this afternoon and have now spent
    ages migrating from a SIMPLE HIRENS BOOT USB SETUP to a SARDU USB setup – WOWSERS –
    and then just now I found that there were more pages on more USB tools – OMG –
    FANTABULOUS :D please extend my day and download bandwidth, so I can have more fun
    today :)

    Looked on your page for a TWITTER account and couldn’t find you, so I could follow
    your updates :D – you must post your updates on twitter – your write ups are
    excellent – I’m INFOSTOCKSY

    Thanks again for the write ups



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