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Solved Smallest Useful Linux Live ISO image

January 31, 2013 at 20:31:41
Specs: Windows XP Pro, 1.6

Hi,

I was wondering if someone familiar with all the different types of Live Linux distributions would know what and where I can find a distribution that will boot from disc without putting any files onto hard drive. None whatsoever.

Something that will allow me to delete files from my hard drive(in Windows environment I am unable to figure out using the Command Prompt to delete and my virus software won't let me use Unlocker cause it says it is a virus) with a user friendly interface(no command prompts please) so that I can use it whenever the problem of not being able to delete a file occurs again and again.

I have used whatever comes with Kaspersky Live offline scanner to remove files in the past and was wondering if there was something similar(and preferably as small in size as possible) that won't put files onto the hard drive and that will allow me to browse,edit, or delete files.

I just need it for this one function.



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#1
February 1, 2013 at 00:01:03

Slax ( http://www.slax.org ) when made non-persistent and made to load to RAM.

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#2
February 1, 2013 at 02:54:17
✔ Best Answer


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#3
February 1, 2013 at 05:36:00

"in Windows environment I am unable to figure out using the Command Prompt to delete and my virus software"

Did you try booting into Safe Mode & running the uninstaller? The program should be uninstalled, not deleted. If you simply delete the program folder, you'll leave the registry entries behind & any other associated files that may have been placed in other folders.

Anyhow, any Live CD will work for deleting files, why the issue with size? Do you want to run from a USB jumpdrive? What about a Recue CD?

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=06232

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=07684

Or something from the US Dept of Defense?

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=07457

Or Damn Small Linux?

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=07373


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#4
February 1, 2013 at 05:36:22

Thank you both for the reply.

arochester is there a site you would recommend that has programs for Slitaz?

I seen in its menu: Applications>System Tools>Create a LiveUSB , does this mean that I can add my favorite programs, then use this to create my own custom LiveCD?

Are Linux programs automatically installed to where the operating system files are stored?

How do I customize the Applications Menu? I can see that it is not as easy as Windows where you can select and drag stuff.

Do I need a firewall to access the internet or does Slitaz come with its own? Are there any good free firewall and antivirus that you would recommend that can be used when not connected to the internet?


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#5
February 1, 2013 at 07:59:48

Looks like you were in the process of responding when my other response was posted. You have absolutely nothing to worry about when running a Live CD. No hard drive is even required. And if you do have a hard drive in your system, nothing gets stored or installed to it (unless you deliberately download to it). No antivirus or firewall is necessary because everything is loaded to & runs from memory. As soon as you reboot, everything is gone. I'm guessing you've never used a Live CD before?

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#6
February 1, 2013 at 08:37:53

ha, oops, ya sorry to not include you riider

Well to some size might matter but because I have an older computer with only 512MB RAM I would like to try a Linux Disto ( please excuse me if my grammar isn't correct as I am a new with Linux and at beginner level with any Windows OS).

My original problem in Windows was not uninstalling anything, it was deleting random files and folders, mostly .PDF files stuck in a folder cause it isn't able to cut and paste ....

And yes there are Linux Live CD's that do leave files onto the hard drive, I have used Slitaz before but no Linux Ditro's have ever been downloaded from its parent site so for some reason Slitaz seems to work better.

Thanks all


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#7
February 1, 2013 at 14:49:57

A Live CD does not put files on the HDD. Like I said, no HDD is required! If you're concerned that something might get put on the HDD, disconnect it.

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#8
February 1, 2013 at 19:57:54

"I seen in its menu: Applications>System Tools>Create a LiveUSB , does this mean that I can add my favorite programs, then use this to create my own custom LiveCD?"

It's obvious puppy is not an option for you; as such and given this partial quotation, slax may be your best option. It's not difficult. Its software choices are greater than that of Slitaz, in my experience. It looks good, too.

Developed in the Czech Republic, it was most likely designed to not leave traces! This distro has the best engineered application of KDE I have yet to see.

About the rest, see for yourself!


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