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BootIt Bare Metal 1.47

A very complete bootable hard drive management tool

by Mike Williams

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License: Trial Software
Operating Systems: Windows 10, Windows 7 (32 bit), Windows 7 (64 bit), Windows 8, Windows Server, Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows Vista (64 bit), Windows XP
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Languages: English
Software Cost: $39.95 (Windows)
Date Updated: 12 April 2018
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Developer: TeraByte
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BootIt Bare Metal
A very complete bootable hard drive management tool

BootIt Bare Metal is a comprehensive hard drive manager which can create and resize partitions, control the boot process (including by editing the Windows BCD file), and create and restore compressed backups of your partitions.

The program should run just about anywhere, as it's compatible with all versions of Windows from 95 upwards (including 64-bit versions), supports MBR, EMBR and GPT type partitioning, directly supports PATA/SATA (AHCI) drives, can handle drives beyond 16 exabytes in size, and more.

But there's a complication. The program doesn't run under Windows; rather, you have to boot it separately, either from a CD/ DVD or USB flash drive, or by installing it to a separate partition on your hard drive. This is relatively straightforward and there's a lengthy PDF manual which explains every step of this process, but of course it does make it rather less convenient to use features like the imaging tools.

Still, having a bootable copy of the program on your hard drive does make disaster recovery much more straightforward, as you can just launch BootIt Bare Metal and (for instance) edit the BCD file to resolve any boot issues.

Make sure you read the manual before you get started, though, in particular the "Before you begin" and "New user" sections. They have plenty of useful information to help you understand the program's capabilities and ensure that you set it up safely.

Version 1.47 (changelog):

- New release for updated TBOSDT and IFD 3.17.
- Fix potential problem during EXT2/3/4 resize caused by missing inode flush.
- Detect hibernated OS and warn in partition work.
- Other potential changes, updates and enhancements.

Verdict:

An extremely powerful partition and boot management tool which should run on just about any PC

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update (build 1809)

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This is the latest version of Windows October 2018 Update. it's a media creation tool that can be used to upgrade an existing installation of Windows or create installation media for another PC. Just make your choice after launching the tool and it'll do the rest.

What was new in Windows 10, when it was released? The OS brought back the Start Menu, though with a Windows 8 twist: live tiles keep you up-to-date with the latest news while also providing an easy way to launch apps. (Don't worry if you prefer the Start Screen, it's still there and you can boot into it if you prefer.)

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The Windows 10 ISO here will give you build 1809 which is the October 2018 Update.

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