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    Cool XBoot - Merge your Boot CDs together!

    This has to be one of the coolest utilities I've come across. XBoot

    It lets you combine several bootable ISO's together. It's similar to MultiCD, but it runs in Windows.

    It even lets you test / preview the resulting disk & menus in a built in lite VM.

    I used it to make a combined Clonezilla / Gparted / Memtest86+ / Ubuntu bootable image that I put in a 2GB FAT32 partition on my 2.5" 1TB Samsung HD in it's external enclosure. Now I can boot from the 1TB 2.5" drive and do partitioning, imaging, memory testing, or boot into Ubuntu to mess with files on the system I'm using. In addition the other 900+ GB of the 1TB drive can be used for storing images.

    I wasn't a fan of the original menu structure, which force categorizes your programs under submenus since I wanted them all in the main menu, but that was easily fixed by a little manual editing of the syslinux.g4d file after the drive was setup.

    Screenshots:

    Program:


    Main Menu:


    Clonezilla Menu:


    Gparted Menu:

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    One for the utilities section?
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    Moved. Neat tool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ddrueding View Post
    Moved. Neat tool.
    Well great... Now no one will see it.

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    Would this utility be able to do multiple versions of Acronis on one disc?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bozo View Post
    Would this utility be able to do multiple versions of Acronis on one disc?
    I don't know. You would have to try it. It was not happy when I tried to include the i686 and x64 version of Clonzilla on the same image. It generated an error on the second instance and omitted it. The program is very new so more functionality could be right around the corner.

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    I found it! Neat tool, thanks for sharing it.

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    It works on the two Acronis versions I have. COOL!
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    "I wasn't a fan of the original menu structure, which force categorizes your programs under submenus since I wanted them all in the main menu, but that was easily fixed by a little manual editing of the syslinux.g4d file after the drive was setup."

    Could you explain this for us dummies?
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    On the "disk" I made all the menus are in .g4d files. They're all plain text so the structure is pretty simple to edit. I made the main syslinux.g4d look like this:
    MENU title Backup Boot Disk
    INCLUDE /boot/syslinux/theme.g4d

    LABEL -
    MENU LABEL Clonezilla 1.2.6-40 i686
    LINUX /boot/syslinux/grub.exe
    APPEND --config-file="ls /images/clonezilla.iso || find --set-root /images/clonezilla.iso;map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 /images/clonezilla.iso (0xff) || map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 --mem /images/clonezilla.iso (0xff);map --hook;chainloader (0xff)"
    TEXT HELP
    CLONEZILLA-LIVE-1.2.6-40-I686.ISO (121 MB)

    Clonezilla, based on DRBL, Partclone and udpcast, allows you to do bare metal
    backup and recovery. Clonezilla live is suitable for single machine backup
    and restore. Clonezilla saves and restores only used blocks in the harddisk.
    This increases the clone efficiency.
    ENDTEXT

    LABEL -
    MENU LABEL Memtest86+ 4.10
    LINUX /boot/syslinux/grub.exe
    APPEND --config-file="ls /images/MEMTEST.IMG || find --set-root /images/MEMTEST.IMG;map /images/MEMTEST.IMG (fd0) || map --mem /images/MEMTEST.IMG (fd0);map --hook;chainloader (fd0)+1;rootnoverify (fd0)"
    TEXT HELP
    MEMTEST+410.ISO (2 MB)

    Memtest86+ software is designed to be a stand alone memory test. BIOS based
    memory tests are a quick, cursory check and often miss many of the failures
    that are detected by Memtest86+.
    ENDTEXT

    LABEL -
    MENU LABEL Gparted 0.7.1-1
    LINUX /boot/syslinux/grub.exe
    APPEND --config-file="ls /images/gparted.iso || find --set-root /images/gparted.iso;map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 /images/gparted.iso (0xff) || map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 --mem /images/gparted.iso (0xff);map --hook;chainloader (0xff)"
    TEXT HELP
    GPARTED-LIVE-0.7.1-1.ISO (112 MB)

    GParted (Gnome Partition Editor) is a free partition editor for
    graphically managing your disk partitions. GParted is useful for tasks
    such as: creating space for new operating systems, restructuring disk
    space to separate user and operating system data, and copying partitions
    to enable upgrading to a larger hard disk drive. Your hard disk drive or
    USB flash drive can be subdivided into one or more partitions. GParted
    enables you to reorganize your disk partitions while preserving the
    contents of these partitions.
    ENDTEXT
    by moving the entries from and utility.g4d and adding a nice description.

    Original utility.g4d:
    MENU TITLE Utility
    INCLUDE /boot/syslinux/theme.g4d
    INCLUDE /boot/syslinux/mainmenu.g4d


    ### MENU START
    LABEL -
    MENU LABEL Clonezilla 1.2.6-40 i686
    LINUX /boot/syslinux/grub.exe
    APPEND --config-file="ls /images/clonezilla.iso || find --set-root /images/clonezilla.iso;map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 /images/clonezilla.iso (0xff) || map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 --mem /images/clonezilla.iso (0xff);map --hook;chainloader (0xff)"
    TEXT HELP
    CLONEZILLA-LIVE-1.2.6-40-I686.ISO (121 MB)
    ENDTEXT
    ### MENU END


    ### MENU START
    LABEL -
    MENU LABEL Gparted 0.7.1-1
    LINUX /boot/syslinux/grub.exe
    APPEND --config-file="ls /images/gparted.iso || find --set-root /images/gparted.iso;map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 /images/gparted.iso (0xff) || map --heads=0 --sectors-per-track=0 --mem /images/gparted.iso (0xff);map --hook;chainloader (0xff)"
    TEXT HELP
    GPARTED-LIVE-0.7.1-1.ISO (112 MB)
    ENDTEXT
    ### MENU END


    ### MENU START
    LABEL -
    MENU LABEL Memtest86+ 4.10
    LINUX /boot/syslinux/grub.exe
    APPEND --config-file="ls /images/MEMTEST.IMG || find --set-root /images/MEMTEST.IMG;map /images/MEMTEST.IMG (fd0) || map --mem /images/MEMTEST.IMG (fd0);map --hook;chainloader (fd0)+1;rootnoverify (fd0)"
    TEXT HELP
    MEMTEST+410.ISO (2 MB)
    Memtest86+ software is designed to be a stand alone memory test.
    BIOS based memory tests are a quick, cursory check and often miss
    many of the failures that are detected by Memtest86+.
    ENDTEXT
    ### MENU END

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    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereodude View Post
    Well great... Now no one will see it.

    Dunno, I always keep an eye on this thread
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    I just set up a CD with 6 flavors of Acronis, Acronis Disk Dir, and Makrium Reflect.
    They all work!
    Bozo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stereodude View Post
    Well great... Now no one will see it.
    If anything, it will stay near the top and visible even longer. Better to avoid the noise of the other forums.
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    I just wish it supported more programs. It would be nice to stick all the HD makers bootable tools on it like SeaTools, EStool, etc.

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    All those disk tools are on Hiram's boot disc and probably the ultimate boot CD if you can track down a copy of either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercutio View Post
    All those disk tools are on Hiram's boot disc and probably the ultimate boot CD if you can track down a copy of either.
    Yeah, I know along with a pile of other crap I don't want. Plus, they don't have the latest versions in them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercutio View Post
    All those disk tools are on Hiram's boot disc...
    Hiren's boot CD. The last version is 13.0, but my favorite remains 10.6 because after that one, they removed many useful (and not free) tools like Paragon Partition Manager and Active Password Changer.

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    I subsequently discovered that you can keep adding to an existing compilation. Just open XBOOT add the .iso you want to add and point it to your destination USB drive that already has your compilation on it.

    Keep in mind if you've customized the menus structure you may have to mess with them to make it show up where you want it (or at all).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercutio View Post
    All those disk tools are on Hiram's boot disc and probably the ultimate boot CD if you can track down a copy of either.
    It turns out they can be added to the XBOOT. They added using Grub4dos emulation.

    Of course the Samsung ES-Tool ISO doesn't ultimately work because Samsung is a bunch of who apparently think it's 1998 and we're using IDE CD-ROM drives. So they try to load a CD-ROM driver (which fails on anything modern) to read the 798k ES-Tool executable from the data side of the ISO that they should have just put it in the floppy image side. Idiots...

    So, I made by own ES-Tool ISO that actually works. It's pretty easy.

    1) Make a bootable floppy
    2) Copy ES-Tool exe to floppy.
    3) Edit autoexec.bat to autostart ES-Tool
    4) Make bootable CD ISO with the floppy as the source

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    I've now got a disk I'm pretty happy with.

    Top Menu:


    Clonezilla Live Menu:


    HDD Utilities Menu:

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    Quote Originally Posted by CougTek View Post
    Hiren's boot CD. The last version is 13.0, but my favorite remains 10.6 because after that one, they removed many useful (and not free) tools like Paragon Partition Manager and Active Password Changer.
    There's a released that's tagged "Restored" that has all the goodies left in. My .iso for version 13 is 680MB.

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    How come BartPE won't work on Xboot?

    I thought I'd like a copy of BartPe on my Xboot utility USB. BartPE will start and get so far and then blue screen. I'm assuming it's because Bart is trying to load windows on top of the linux or whatever Xboot is loading on. Is that why it's crashing?

    Thanks.

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    I think XBoot just uses a Linux boot loader. That doesn't necessarily mean that a Linux kernel is loading.

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    Xboot either uses Syslinux or Grub4dos to load the images, but that doesn't mean it's running Linux. I'm not sure it supports a BartPE boot disc. It shows support for PE, MSDART, ERD (Vista, 7, & XP), but I'm not sure if a BartPE disc qualifies.

    Perhaps post on Xboot's support forum?

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    OP, please help. it can't boot from Windows 8.1

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    Quote Originally Posted by Queensney View Post
    OP, please help. it can't boot from Windows 8.1
    It doesn't boot from any OS. Your question doesn't make any sense.

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    Very interesting tool. It should make my life a fair bit easier, no longer will I have to keep track of a dozen or more flash drives for my bootable utilities, now just one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sedrosken View Post
    Very interesting tool. It should make my life a fair bit easier, no longer will I have to keep track of a dozen or more flash drives for my bootable utilities, now just one.
    I'd suggest you find a different alternative if you're starting out. Apparently the author of xboot died unexpectedly a number of years ago. The last released version has some bugs. It's not open source so no one can carried on the work and older releases are not available. Since it's not being updated it also doesn't work with some newer bootable images.

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