Hiren's BootCD is a popular operating system to turn removable storage into bootable media. This is specifically designed for use on a Compact Disk (CD-ROM) but can also be used on a USB flash drive and potentially other USB connected storage. It offers a wide variety of software which can be useful for most desired tasks, as well as plug-and-play USB functionality and Internet/Intranet support. Among other things, Hiren's BootCD includes Mini XP, which is simply a stripped-down version of Windows XP.
- Partition management - create, delete, and modify drive partitions
- Backup & recovery - file (and OS) backup, retrieval, and recovery
- HDD Scan
- Recuva by Piriform
- Malware removal - malware scanning and removal software
- Testing tools - Hardware testing and lifetime analysis, and RAM, drive, and USB fault detection
- Password tools - password erasure and recovery software