Ultimate Boot CD
Ultimate Boot CD
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Overview

Current release: 5.2

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!

*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.

*Please note that some of the freeware on UBCD explicitly prohibits redistribution for commercial purposes eg. DIMM_ID. If you intend to resell UBCD for commercial gains, please contact the respective authors for their permissions.

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!
  • 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.

New features in UBCD V5.0 include:

  • New! The Linux-based distro Parted Magic is now included with UBCD V5.0. This should be the method of choice when you need to resize/rescue partitions, access NTFS filesystems or work with USB storage devices.
  • New! UBCD V5.0 now supports both syslinux/isolinux and grub4dos. This helps improve the chances that UBCD will boot on any particular machine.

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 with the Ultimate Boot CD are:

Name of ToolVersionLicenseNotes
/BIOS
!BIOS3.20Freeware  
BIOS1.35.0Freeware Website says V1.35.1, but program displays V1.35.0.
CMOSPWD5.0GPL  
KEYDiskn/aGPL  
PC CMOS Cleaner2.0GPL Included as module in Parted Magic.
WipeCMOS1.2Freeware  
/CPU
CPU Burn-in1.00Freeware The Linux version which is included in UBCD is at V1.00. V1.01 applies to Windows only.
CPUinfon/aGPL  
Intel Processor Frequency ID (P3 and below)7.2Freeware  
Intel Processor Identification Utility (P4 and above)4.55Freeware  
Mersenne Prime Test27.7Public domain  
Stress1.04GPL  
StressCPU (requires CPU with SSE)2.0Freeware  
x86test0.10aGPL  
/HDD/Boot Management
BOOTMGR05-AUG-2012Freeware  
Boot Partition2.60Freeware  
EditBINI1.01.1Freeware  
GAG (Graphical Boot Manager)4.10GPL  
Gujin2.8.6GPL  
MBRtool2.3.200Freeware  
MBRWork1.08Freeware  
PLoP Boot Manager5.0.14Free for personal use  
Smart BootManager3.7.1GPL  
SPFDISK (Special FDISK)2000-03vFreeware  
Super Grub Disk0.9799GPL  
Super Grub2 Disk1.98s1GPL  
XFDISK (Extended FDISK)0.9.3 betaFreeware  
XOSL (Extended Operating System Loader)1.1.5GPL  
XOSL-OW (Extended Operating System Loader)1.1.6GPL  
/HDD/Data Recovery
Offline NT Password & Registry Editor110511 n/a  
PCLoginNow2.0GPL Included as module in Parted Magic.
PCRegEdit1.0GPL Included as module in Parted Magic.
PhotoRec6.14-WIPGPL Included in Parted Magic.
TestDisk6.14-WIPGPL Included in Parted Magic.
/HDD/Device Info and Management
AMSET (Maxtor)4.00Freeware  
ATAINF1.3Freeware  
ATA Password Tool1.1Freeware  
Change Definition Utility (for Fujitsu M16xx/M2915 HDDs)n/aFreeware  
DiskCheck4.0.6Freeware  
DISKINFO1.02Freeware  
ESFeat (ExcelStor)2.30Freeware  
Feature Tool (IBM/Hitachi)2.15Freeware  
GSmartControl0.8.6GPL Included in Parted Magic.
SMARTUDM2.00Freeware  
UATA100 (Seagate)3.06Freeware  
UDMA Utility (for Fujitsu MPD/MPE/MPF series HDDs)n/aFreeware  
UDMA Utility (for Fujitsu MPG series HDDs)n/aFreeware  
Ultra ATA Manager (Western Digital)June, 2003Freeware  
WDIDLE3 (Western Digital)1.05Freeware  
/HDD/Diagnosis
ATA Diagnostic Tool (Fujitsu)7.0Freeware  
DLG Diagnostic (Western Digital)5.20Freeware  
DLG Diagnostic (Western Digital)4.15Freeware V5.x has been reported not to work on some older machines, so V4.15 has been included as a backup.
Drive Fitness Test (IBM/Hitachi)4.16Freeware  
ES-Tool (Samsung)3.01vFreeware  
ESTest (ExcelStor)4.50Freeware  
GWSCAN (Gateway)3.15Freeware For IDE hard drives 10GB or smaller.
GWSCAN (Gateway)5.12Freeware For IDE hard drives larger than 10GB.
HDAT24.5.3Freeware Last stable release with device-level testing enabled.
HDAT24.8.1Freeware Latest stable release, but with device-level testing disabled.
HUTIL (Samsung)1.21Freeware 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."
HUTIL (Samsung)2.10Freeware  
MHDD324.5Freeware Older version included because it supports ATA/SCSI Terminal for scripting, which was removed in the new version.
MHDD324.6Freeware  
PowerMax (Maxtor/Quantum)4.09Freeware Older version included because this is an uncripppled version that works with non-Maxtor HDDs.
PowerMax (Maxtor/Quantum)4.23Freeware  
SCSIMax (Maxtor/Quantum)1.21Freeware  
SeaTools for DOS (Seagate/Maxtor)2.23Freeware  
SeaTools for DOS (Seagate/Maxtor)1.12Freeware  
SHDIAG (Samsung)1.25Freeware  
TAFT (The ATA Forensics Tool)1.2Freeware  
ViVARD0.4Freeware The official website is down. Various third party websites claim to have V1.0, but is actually V0.4.
/HDD/Disk Cloning
Clonezillan/aGPL Included in Parted Magic.
CopyWipe1.14Freeware  
EaseUs Disk Copy2.3.1Freeware  
g4u2.5BSD  
HDClone (Free Edition)4.2.2Freeware  
partimage0.6.8GPL Included in Parted Magic.
Partition Saving4.00Freeware  
PC INSPECTOR clone-maxx1.0Freeware Actual version is 0.95 Build 769, but is referred to as 1.0 on product website.
/HDD/Disk Editing
Disk Editor3.0Freeware  
DISKMAN44.2A3Freeware  
DiskSpy Free Edition (Personal use only)2.0Freeware  
PTS DiskEditor1.04Freeware Excellent information about this tool here.
/HDD/Disk Wiping
Active@ KillDisk Free Edition4.1.2393Freeware Free Edition. Supports "One Pass Zeros" method only. Note that KillDisk V5.x is Windows only.
CopyWipe1.14Freeware  
Darik's Boot and Nuke2.2.7GPL  
Fujitsu Erase Utility1.00Freeware  
HDDErase4.0Freeware  
HDDErase3.3Freeware Older version included because latest version is .
HDShredder (Free Edition)3.8.1Freeware  
MAXLLF (Maxtor)1.1Freeware  
PC Disk Eraser5.0GPL Included in Parted Magic.
PC INSPECTOR e-maxx0.95Freeware Actual version is 0.95 Build 775, but is referred to as 1.0 on product website.
SUTIL (Samsung)1.01Freeware  
/HDD/Installation
Data Lifeguard Tools (Western Digital)11.2Freeware  
DiscWizard 2003 (Seagate)10.45.06Freeware  
DiscWizard (Seagate/Maxtor)11.0.8326Freeware MaxBlast V5.0 is essentially the same thing i.e. OEM version of Acronis TrueImage. Startup Recovery Manager not included. Didn't see much use for it on the bootable CD, plus it can be activated in the Win32 program itself if required, or you can copy over the "Recovery Manager" folder youself.
Disk Manager (IBM)9.61Freeware  
Disk Manager (Samsung)10.42Freeware  
MaxBlast (Maxtor)4.0Freeware  
/HDD/Partition Management
Cute Partition Manager0.9.8Freeware  
Dsrfix3.12Freeware  
FIPS2.0GPL  
Free FDISK1.3.1GPL  
GParted0.13.1-gitGPL Included in Parted Magic.
Partinfo1.11Freeware  
Partition Resizer1.3.4Freeware  
Partition Saving4.00Freeware  
PTDD Super Fdisk1.0Freeware  
Ranish Partition Manager2.40Freeware Using stable version because V2.44 is beta and reported to be buggy.
SPFDISK (Special FDISK)2000-03vFreeware  
XFDISK (Extended FDISK)0.9.3 betaFreeware  
/Memory
AleGr MEMTEST2.00Free for personal use  
DIMM_ID3.57UBCD Only This is a special UBCD-only version authorized by the author.
Memtest864.0aGPL  
Memtest863.5bGPL  
Memtest86+4.20GPL  
TestMemIVn/aFreeware  
Windows Memory Diagnosticn/aFreeware  
/Others
boot.kernel.org (BKO)n/aFreeware  
ClamScan Antivirus0.97.5GPL Included in Parted Magic.
FileLink3.01Freeware This program is part of Caldera OpenDOS V7.03.
F-PROT Antivirus6.2.2Free for personal use Included as module in Parted Magic.
Kon-Boot1.0Free for personal use  
netboot.men/aFreeware  
Parted Magic2012_11_30GPL Full list of programs can be found here
UBCD FreeDOS (Based on NwDsk V3.40)R1.47 n/a Based on NwDsk V3.40.
/Peripherals
ATAPI CDROM Identification2.22Freeware  
CHZ Monitor-Test2.0Freeware  
Parallel Port Information System1.45Freeware  
Video Memory Stress Test1.7GPL  
/System
AIDA162.14 n/a Discontinued
ASTRA (Demo version)6.0214-day Demo  
Hardware Detection Tool0.5.2GPL  
HWiNFO5.5.2Freeware  
NSSI0.60.45Freeware  
PC-Config9.33Freeware Discontinued
PCI1.1Freeware pcidevs.txt: 22-01-2008
PCISniffer1.5Freeware  
System Speed Test 324.78Freeware