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DFSee USB, CDROM and other bootable data recovery solutions

DFSee USB stick To improve usability, bootable solutions are offered like a bootable CDROM, USB-stick and diskette-image. These have the big advantage that they can be used for recovery tasks on systems that support booting from CD, USB or diskette, without the need to install anything on the (possibly damaged) harddisk.

DFSee is available on a bootable CDROM for a small additional cost compared to the standard version, which include the registration-key on the CD-ROM.

These bootable media are based on FreeDOS and Pendrive Linux and Puppy Linux with user supplied additions.

DFSee 12cm CDROM

DFSee V9  bootable CD DFSee V10 bootable CD DFSee V11 bootable CD DFSee V12 bootable CD DFSee V13 bootable CD


Disclaimer for ALL bootable solutions offered
The bootable solutions offered here are NOT part of the DFSee product! They are a convenience offering only, making it easier to use the software with freely available software (Open Source, freeware) like FreeDOS and Linux

Allthough some effort is taken to make these solutions as useful as possible, no formal support will be given on other software than the DFSee program itself and the supplied analysis scripts

Fsys Software can take no resposibility for any consequences resulting from use of these bootable solutions ...


DFSee 12cm CDROM DFSee V6 8cm CDROM DFSee V7 8cm bootable CD DFSee V8  bootable CD


DFSee bootable USB stick, PUPPY Linux based


DFSee slacko desktop (PUPPY)

This is a NEW development to get an easy to use to powerful bootable USB-stick with DFSee.

Creating such a stick is now integrated in the standard DFSee distribution (Script menu) just like the previous USB-bootable, but it WILL require a seperate download of the disk-image for that, since this is too large to include in the standard package.

Downloading the extra required image, and downloading+installing program updates for this PUPPY based system, is automated too, and available from the Help menu.

See the screenshot at the right for an impresssion of the DFSPUPPY desktop with two DFSee instances running.

The first release is based on the Slacko 6.3.2 distribution of Puppy, 32-bit with UEFI support.

You can create a DFSPUPPY bootable USB stick by getting the latest STABLE DFSee update, add the DFSPUPPY image from the link below, and then use the menu:

Scripts -> Make Puppy-boot (USB) disk -> select your stick

Download the latest version of the DFSPUPPY image right here! (close to 300 Mb)

Note that at least a 4 Gb stick is required, 32Gb recommended, preferably USB 3.0
The remaining space on the stick is directly accessible from DFSee, and is set as the default location for logging and analysis files.

This procedure to create a DFSPUPPY stick is almost self-documenting when run from the menu, but some additional information can be found in dfspuppy.txt.


DFSee bootable USB stick, multi-ISO (FreeDOS)

This is the original DFSee bootable stick, allowing to run the FreeDOS DFSee version (ISO) as well as PartedMagic Linux.
DFSee Splash PenDrive

If you want to use Linux however, it is advised to use the newer and much more flexible DFSPUPPY, described above.

This is a very flexible solution, based on some excellent work from the linux community allowing booting almost any (CDROM) ISO file stored on a memory-stick from a selection menu. The DFSee solution uses this UNCHANGED, you just add a Linux ISO (PartedMagic), the DFSee CD-ISO and linux files to the stick and are ready to boot into FreeDOS or Linux and use DFSee.

You can create your own custom stick in any size using the instructions supplied on the PenDriveLinux website (which requires a Windows system to make the stick bootable).

However, it is much easier to restore the DFSee prepared imagefile using the install script dfsusb32.dfs, through the Scripts menu (requires EXPERT mode from version 12.x onwards). The script prepares a fully bootable stick, and all you need to add are the actual ISO files to be booted.

For FreeDOS, you can download the BARE ISO file with the the corrrect DFSEEDOS.ISO name right here!

For Linux you need the appropriate Linux ISO as documented in DFSUSB32.TXT, the DFSee linux files so you can run them from the Linux desktop. This procedure is almost self-documenting when run from the menu, but some additional information as well as instructions for manual creation of similar sticks can be found in dfsusb32.txt.

When setup properly the stick provides a boot-menu as shown on the right:

So this gives you the following options:



DFSee 14.x bootable CDROM

DFSee CDROM


The perfect recovery solution!

With a bootable FreeDOS and DFSDOS available, it can be used for recovery tasks without having to install anything!

The CD includes a unique PERMANENT registration-key based on the email address used on ordering, similar to the keys generated for the electronic delivery products. Your CDROM will be burnt on demand, at the moment you order it, so you will always receive the latest available DFSee version.

Buy the CDROM here or just click on the large CDROM image ...

If you have no DFSee registration yet, just buy the complete CDROM version that includes the standard registration.

Only if you already have a 14.x registration, you can get the CDROM for existing users.
So when ordering this, make sure that:

Failing any of these conditions will cause the order to be put on hold ...

If you have an older registration, get the 14.x CDROM at the lowest cost by:



DFSee bootable CDROM, ISO image

If you are a registred 14.x user, and you can burn your own CD's, this might be the best recovery solution for you.

This is a ZIP file with the latest ISO image for the bootable CDROM, plus a few small programs that are used to customize the ISO before burning it to CDROM, or copying it to a bootable USB stick:


Instructions to use these programs and burn the CDR are included in the ZIP file as well.

The bare ISO image contains a temporary key, expiring about 90 days after release. If you have a registration, it is advised to burn the ISO to a CD after adding your own key with the supplied utility.

dfsee cd     Download latest DFSee ISO image (35 Mb ZIP)
Download the CD ISO files seperately, to create a custom ISO with additional tools. (34 Mb ZIP)


Download the standard DFSee CDROM labels in JPG and TIF format (2 Mb ZIP)
The label is designed to fit 12cm CDROMs when scaled properly ...

cdlabel example

Example CD, registration info is printed on the greenish label field


DFSee bootable diskette image

For evaluation, or simply to get a nice bootable recovery solution, this image will get you a bootable FreeDOS diskette with DFSDOS.
If you are a registred DFSee user, you can add your key, otherwise you can use the diskette for evaluation purposes only.

This is a ZIP file with a self-extracting diskette-image (Thanks to Daniel Valot).
It can be extracted on any platform capable of running DOS or OS2 textmode executables.
Simply run the enclosed 'bootdisk.exe' and it will write to a (formatted) diskette,
or use 'bootdisk /h' for other usage ...

dfsicon   Download latest DFSee bootdisk image (1 Mb ZIP)


DFSee CDROM ordering and pricing

Just click on the Mensys logo below to go to the dedicated DFSee page in their online shop, that includes the CDROM deliverables. These CDROMs are burned on-demand with the latest available DFSee version, and with custom DFSee artwork including your registration details printed on the front.

Mensys      Mensys online shop

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