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Puppy Linux as diagnostic tool?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Atlas, Mar 19, 2013.

  1. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

    Oct 1, 2001
    north of the equator
    Anyone use Puppy Linux?

    Specifically, anyone use it as a diagnostic tool to probe Windows machines or recover files on a windows machine?
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2013
  2. PlasticOwner


    Dec 29, 2012
    I have used it in the past to recover files from Windows machines that wouldn't boot. Some time ago, I repaired a boot.ini file that way too.

  3. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

    Oct 1, 2001
    north of the equator
    Good to know. Thanks for sharing.
  4. Puppy is a great little distro. More complete than DSL (damn small linux) but not as complete as Knoppix. Usually, though, I revert to the Gparted rescue environment or Knoppix for my troubleshooting if I need it.

    Check out Hiren's boot CD. It's a very complete diagnostic tool. That + UBCD + Knoppix and you have a potent troubleshooting toolkit.

    Sent from my orifice.
  5. It depends on what the goals are. I like SystemRescueCD because of its large driver support and regular updates. It is a distro made to fix windows systems.

    Puppy Linux is great since it can remaster itself easily and easily runs in ram. It can be updated and remastered without all the time and efforts needed for other distros.

    If recovery of data or forensics is the goal, distros like CAINE can be helpful.

    Some distros help recover, perform forensics and penetrate systems, such as BackTrack (now Kali Linux).

    I keep several distros in my "toolbox."

    I recommend the site for those seeking to learn about and stay up to date on Linux distros of every type.
  6. Linux3


    Dec 31, 2008
    I vote for Knoppix STD.Security Tools Distro
    Carry both a bootable USB and CD.
  7. GIockGuy24

    GIockGuy24 Bring M&M's

    Jul 14, 2005
    With Amber Lamps
    I believe that hasn't been updated in several years. I doubt it will run on newer hardware.
  8. billkill


    Jan 28, 2008
    East TN
    +1 I have them on a bootable spare flash drive :highfive:
  9. trajan07

    trajan07 dimly lit

    Oct 31, 2009
    NoVA, USA
    +1 great tool
  10. TRX302


    Jul 27, 2012
    A bit late, but another +1 for Puppy. I've used it to delete operating systems or save data from a number of hosed machines.
  11. Atlas

    Atlas transmogrifier

    Oct 1, 2001
    north of the equator
    Thanks much for the input! :wavey:
  12. Your post sparked my interest in this distro. So I downloaded it and for the life of me I cannot get it to boot from my USB drive. Here's what I've done:

    - Downloaded via torrent from this site: (Caine 4.0)
    - verified the MD5sum of the .iso. The calculated md5 matches what is posted on the Caine site.
    - Booted into Knoppix and used UNetbootin to install the ISO to a 4GB flash drive (brand new drive). I booted to Knoppix because McAfee in all its infinite wisdom kept deleting files off of the flash drive when I tried UNetbootin on the Windows side. UNetbootin seemed to run successfully.
    - when I try to boot to the Caine flash drive, I get a boot loader menu, but then nothing after that. It seems to load briefly, but then just stops at a blank screen, flashing cursor.

    What am I missing? I've got Knoppix and HBCD both on other flash drives and they boot fine.
  13. GenX


    Aug 8, 2009
    You could try imaging to usb using dd in linux. Replace yourfilename with the name of iso you downloaded.

    dd if=yourfilename.iso of=/dev/sdb bs=512k
  14. Gracias.

    I think I found my error. I was using the wrong .iso file. *facepalm* I should have downloaded NBCaine and not regular Caine. I did that and it boots fine (in nomodeset mode).
  15. I got a bunch of flash drives during training for my company that had manufacture data on them and such. I copied the data to the HD and have formatted 4 of them. I've got Knoppix, UBCD, HBCD, and Caine boot flash drives now. Anything else I should add that I'm forgetting?
  16. GenX


    Aug 8, 2009
    May as well add Kali Linux to tool set.