Data Recovery/Computer Repair: Tools & Applications

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Let me start with a basic introduction. I go by “Bigcode”  as you see on my profile, and I am a newbie to Cybrary; however, as a curious and ambitious kid, I learned by my mistakes (3 crashed computers).

Anyway, on to the reason we’re here!

Data Recovery & Computer Repair: Tools & Applications

The most important step for any “newbie” is knowing how to back up and recover your files, as well as what to do in the event of  a computer crash (or your PC or USB might be stolen or ceased etc.).

The following is a list of tools I use and would vouch for:

  • Tails – https://tails.boum.org/
  • Kali Linux – https://www.kali.org/
  • Ubuntu – https://www.ubuntu.com/
  • op crack – http://ophcrack.sourceforge.net/download.php?type=livecd
  • and last, but certainly not least, Dban http://www.dban.org/

*For a detailed representation of the products listed above, follow their links.

Dban –

Dban is an amazing tool for the overly cautious  hackers or  average  joe. It has a basic DOD 7 pass wipe for the everyday person. This is the fastest and easiest way,  for those who might have a little more to hide  than most… or just  for the overly paranoid, it has the Guttman 77 pass. It is important to keep in mind that 7 passes will be more than enough for selling or trading USBs or HDs, but if you’re trying to destroy “evidence” from any government agency, know that even the 77 pass method could fail to wipe it into oblivion. If  you give the NSA or FBI a reason to cease your computer, my advice to you is not to destroy evidence as it is a class C felony. Just my 2 cents. Moving along to the next tool –

Kali Linux –

It is the go-to tool for a lot of today’s IT professionals as it has Metasploit for capturing, analyzing and modifying SSL, XML, HTTPS, and POP3 servers, as well as built-in password removers such as opcrack,  rainbow tables, and xpcrack.  These can serve you well for your everyday repair jobs or can also be a great way to test security issues in your registry.  A feature that I love on all Linux based os you can go into your hard drive and recover your files even if your other os as blue screened but in the event of a failing hard drive or power surge, you can use Kali Linux’s built-in disk analyzer or several other tools. For a full list of features, please visit: https://www.kali.org/kali-linux-features/

This was just a basic explanation of the best tools that I have used, but as an all in one IT or repair toolkit, I suggest Kali Linux as a MUST.  This is  for all the newb’s out there looking for a basic set of tools  that will save your butt or possibly help  you in starting your first tech service.

If you  have any questions or comments or know of any tools that I left out, or the community should know about, please feel free to comment below to request future posts or tutorials. Thanks!

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12 Comments
  1. I heard that Dban isn`t useful with wiping data on SSD drive system being the design with how SSD system store data compare with the older type of hard drives….

  2. Thanks for this advice. I am find that people are starting to ask me about computer repairs. So this is helpful info.

  3. great post

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