Runtime Live CD

Boot Into a Ready-To-Use Data Recovery Environment

Knoppix-Based Runtime Live CD or USB Stick

Runtime Software has teamed up with Knoppix, the Linux-based bootable live system. Already used by Millions around the world, the Knoppix Live CD features automatic hardware detection and support for many network adapters, graphic cards, hard disk controllers, SCSI and USB devices, and other peripherals. Use the Runtime Live CD at your discretion; please read our Compatibility Note .

Free, licenses for the pre-installed software must be purchased separately

Version: V7.0.10, 2/18/2017 (contains the versions of our software current at that time)

MD5 Checksum: [272f00ef 3a70a40a f2a9d2b6 1ce58b72]

System Requirements: Intel processor, 4 GB RAM

Ready-To-Use Recovery Environment

Runtime Live CD

Runtime Live CD: Linux start screen

The Runtime Live CD is ready-to-use and pre-installed with all our data recovery tools.

The Live CD is an ideal recovery environment as it is Linux-based, and therefore less prone to a Windows tendency to manipulate and change Windows-formatted disks. This restraint reduces the risk of overwriting data that you want to recover, especially on Windows boot disks (C:).

The Runtime Live CD is an alternative to our WinPE boot CD. The Live CD provides access to network resources and the Internet.

We provide the Runtime Live CD free of charge for users of our data recovery software.

Creating the Runtime Live CD 

To create the Runtime Live CD,

  1. Download the ISO image (550 MB) of the Runtime Live CD (See Notes

  2. Burn it onto a CD-Rom

  3. Reboot your computer from that CD into the Runtime Live CD desktop. 

Creating the Runtime Live USB Stick

It is also possible to directly create a bootable USB stick from the Runtime Live CD ISO,

  1. Download the ISO image (550 MB) of the Runtime Live CD (See Notes

  2. Download the 3rd party tool Win32 Disk Imager

  3. Using Win32 Disk Imager, write the ISO directly onto a USB stick with a capacity between 1 GB and 32 GB. 

  4. Reboot your computer from that USB stick into the Runtime Live CD desktop. 

The Runtime Live USB stick also supports UEFI boot.

Runtime Live CD

Runtime Live CD: Desktop with pre-installed programs

Runtime Live CD Desktop 

Once you have booted the Runtime Live CD or USB stick, you can start using our data recovery software. Simply double-click the corresponding icon.

Mapping Drives 

Other than with Windows, in Linux you have to declare disks you want to use for copying. If you have provided a disk to hold all the data you want to recover later, you should double-click "Target drive for data (backup)". Select this drive, and it will automatically be mapped to drive letter R:. Later, in GetDataBack, for example, you would copy the recovered files to drive R:.

You can administer all mapped drives with "Assign drives".

You should NOT map the drive you want to recover the data from.

Available Desktop Icons

Runtime Software (2017 versions)

  • GetDataBack Simple, FAT, NTFS 

  • DiskExplorer FAT, NTFS, Linux

  • Captain Nemo Pro

  • RAID Reconstructor

  • NAS Data Recovery

  • RAID Recovery for Windows

  • DriveImage XML
    (1) For backups, you must first map the drive you want to backup.
    (2) VSS does not work but is not needed either. 

3rd Party Tools

  • Knoppix — Opens a file manager and displays the Knoppix home directory

  • Target drive for data (backup) — Maps a disk to the letter R: (for copying data to)

  • Assign drives — Administer mapped drives and drive letters

  • (De-)activate RAID — Make RAIDs available for copying recovered data to it. Do NOT use for the recovery of RAIDs

  • Install to Flash — Installs a bootable copy of the Runtime Live CD on a USB stick. This has the benefit of having a USB stick with all our software installed and registered, as the flash drive will remember program settings and license information.

  • GParted — Disk partitioning program.


In the left bottom, you see icons for the main menu, a file manager, a terminal emulator, browser, audio, and display. Please consult Linux resources on how to use these programs and how to work in Linux.

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