As with this entire website, this Tuts section predominantly relates to the "Windows platform" and provides you with tutorials on how to use the PC tech tools that you've downloaded from this website. Each section has been titled accordingly, and due to the Inevitability of tools added that are different In nature, I will continue to update this with new tutorials as needed. So be sure to check this section periodically for any new tuts.
DaRT- Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset:
You'll notice that many PC tech tools on this website, relate to DaRT. In short, DaRT Is used to boot Into a PC that has Issues starting up as per It's normal process. In other words, If your Windows OS fails to start, you can use DaRT to boot Into It, and perform a variety of diagnostic tasks, reset the local user account password, recover and delete files, crash analysis and a lot more.
The following tutorial simply demonstrates the process of booting with DaRT, and accessing It's tools thereafter. Although there are different versions of DaRT suited to different versions of Windows, the process of how to boot and use It, Is somewhat similar between all. So use the following tutorial as a general guidance. For your reference, this Is based on my Windows 8.1 operating system.
* The first time you boot with DaRT, you will see a message as In the Image below.
What the above message Is asking, Is If you have a server on your network, DaRT can grab an IP address from server's DHCP and assign It to the PC that you wish to diagnose. It doesn't hurt to click Yes, but If you're running a standalone PC, just click "No".
* Next, the option to select your language will be available, so do just that.
* Now to get to the Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset (DaRT) option, you must click "Troubleshoot".
* The Microsoft Diagnostics and Recovery Toolset option will now be available. Simply click It and It will display the operating system(s) to work on.
* If you're running more than one operating system (like myself), you'll need to select It. If not, simply choose the OS displayed. This will be the operating system that you'll work with.
* All the tools that DaRT entails will now be ready for use. Simply click on the tool you wish to utilize and perform your task thereafter.
* Just for demonstration purposes, I've selected the "Locksmith" option. This allows to reset any local user account password- administrator, guest or any user account created on the given PC. You do not need to know the old password.
And that's It In terms of the tutorial on how to boot Into, and access the tools found In DaRT.
Parted Magic 2016-04-26:
In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to boot with Parted Magic using It's available options, mount the HDD of the operating system that's being worked on (and any other HDDs) and access one of It's features thereafter. For more on Parted Magic, Inclusive of It's download, see my contribution here.
There are too many tools that Parted Magic entails, therefore a guide on each and every tool Is way beyond the scope of this tutorial. If you wish to read about all tools and capabilities of Parted Magic, simply visit the original website found In the above link.
Okay, this Is a very simple tutorial and very much straight to the point. For your Information, this was performed on my Windows 8 operating system. I have also tested this on Windows 10, and no errors were experienced. This Is on the grounds you've already created a bootable CD/DVD disc or a bootable USB Flash Drive.
* When first booting with Parted Magic, there's a number of boot options to choose from. The first option Is the "Default settings (Runs from Ram)" In either the 32 or 64 Bit architecture. If you have enough Ram, I recommend selecting this option. This loads the entire OS Into Ram (physical memory), hence It's a lot quicker working off system memory than what It Is off the HDD.
* The other option, Is to select "Live with default settings". This loads and operates Parted Magic off the CD/DVD disc or USB Flash Drive (whichever you're booting from), which means the bootable device must remain as Is to continue using Parted Magic. This option Is slower than the one above (working off Ram).
* Once you've made your selection, be patient as Parted Magic loads all the required files. The amount of time It takes, depends on the option you've selected and the speed of your system. In my experience, the process Is rather quick.
* Once Parted Magic boots Into It's Interface, select your timezone (for standalone systems, It doesn't generally matter), and then hit "OK" as arrowed.
* To work on the operating system on which you've booted Into with Parted Magic, you must mount the HDD. To do this, click on the HDD Icon In the taskbar. select the hard disk drive(s), and hit "Mount". Do not check the "Read-only" checkbox. If you do, you cannot make changes to the task you're performing. You can also mount partitions and any other hard disks you wish to work with.
* Once the HDDs have been successfully mounted, you will see the "Unmount" buttons represented In red. This means the hard disk(s) are ready to be worked on.
* For the simplicity of this demonstration pertaining to Parted Magic's usage, I will navigate to a directory on my Windows 8 operating system, namely the Program Files x86 folder. To do this, I've clicked on the Parted Magic start button, selected "File Managers" and then "File Manager".
* I've now chosen the OS drive that Windows 8 Is Installed on. It's files and folders are displayed ready to be worked on. Remember, you can select any HDD that you previously mounted.
* As you can see, all files & folders In the default Windows "Program Files (x86)" directory are readily available. I can move, copy, delete and basically perform tasks as I normally would If I was actually booted Into my physical Windows 8 operating system. Of course, Parted Magic allows for more superior tasks such as (for example) secure file deletion and recovery.
And that's It, you now know how to select your boot option, boot with Parted Magic, mount the hard disk drive(s) and access It's tools from there on. As mentioned, there's so many tools that Parted Magic entails, so take the time to explore them all. You won't be disappointed.
Stay tuned for more tutorials as the need comes to hand.