Hirens Boot-CD (DOS)

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Hirens Boot-CD (DOS) 15.1



ERPXE Module

  • Name: - Hirens Boot-CD (DOS)
  • Version: 15.1

Plugin type

Plugin type
Hirens Boot-CD (DOS) Anti-Virus Deployment Diagnostics OS Installation Live Media Recovery Tools
Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes

Plugin Requirments

Plugin Requirments
Hirens Boot-CD (DOS) CIFS HTTP Internet NFS Linux OS Windows OS
No No No No Yes Yes

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Special Information

Hiren's BootCD is a bootable software CD containing a number of diagnostic programs such as partitioning agents, system performance benchmarks, disk cloning and imaging tools, data recovery tools, MBR tools, BIOS tools, and many others for fixing various computer problems.

Many people consider HBCD an invaluable tool for use in troubleshooting and recovery of computers however, due to a questionable past, it has received little press.

As it is bootable, the operating system of the computer need not be available for the tools to be usable.

All that is required is that the computer is able to run Microsoft Windows and Linux (but it does not have to have either of these installed at the time of use.) Some of the tools are also available when the operating system is already started.

Installation Instructions

Hiren's Boot CD requires splitting the original image to several applications.

This is the complete Hiren's DOS (Freeware) collection.

Download hiren151-XXX.tar.gz to /


Extract hiren151-XXX.tar.gz file to / :

tar -xvzf hiren151-XXX.tar.gz

All Done!

Custom HBCD Image file

We used "MEMDISK" to load an "ima" file that contains a Hard Drive like structure of a MBR and a Partition.

  • You can create a file up to 2GB in size (FAT limitation) - just remember smaller size reduces load time significantly.

To create your own ima file to contain a different version of Hiren's BootCD:

- First download WinImage This is important - any other software might corrupt the ima file

- Create a new SDI file using Windows SDI Loader - Creating SDI Image

- Mount the SDI and format it to FAT and make it an Active partition.

HBCD Version 11.0 and higher:

In HBCD\Dos - folder you'll have dos.gz - extract it to the SDI drive using 7z. (it will contain a few files including autoexec.bat)

Create on the SDI drive an HBCD folder

Copy \HBCD\Dos folder to the SDI Drive \HBCD\

Copy \HBCD\Boot (without pqmagic - to save space) folder to the SDI Drive \HBCD\

The SDI Drive should have the folders: \HBCD\Dos,\HBCD\Boot

HBCD Version 10.6 and lower:

In HBCD folder you'll have boot.gz - extract it to the SDI drive using 7z. (it will contain a few files including autoexec.bat)

Copy your HBCD folder to the SDI drive (without the WinTools folder - to save space).

You'll need to edit the autoexec.bat file and add - set cdrom=c

The SDI Drive should have the folders: \HBCD

- Open WinImage

- In the Disk menu - Creating Virtual Hard disk Image from physical drive

- Select the SDI mounted drive and create your initial ima file.

- In the Image menu - Change Boot Sector properties - click Windows 95/98 and then Save the image.

- In the Image menu - Export to an image with a MBR - and save the final ima file.

- Replace the original ima file in /tftpboot/er/plugins/hirensbootcd/hirensbootcd.ima

Compress HBCD Image file

You can GZIP the ima file to save some space (optional but recommended):

gzip -9 hirensbootcd.ima

Rename the file back to .ima after compression

mv hirensbootcd.ima.gz hirensbootcd.ima

All Done