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DasBoot for Mac

Use iPod, flash drive, portable HD as bootable diagnostic device.

Free
In English
Version 2.0
2.5
Based on 4 user rates

DasBoot overview

DasBoot allows you to use iPod, flash drive, portable HD as bootable diagnostic device.

Do you have a nice new portable music player in your pocket? Or perhaps a flash drive or portable hard drive? Why not turn it into a Mac OS X diagnostic, repair, recovery, and maintenance tool? With SubRosaSoft DasBoot™ it's easy. DasBoot allows you to take any third party boot CD (such as those shipped by SubRosaSoft.com Inc, Prosoft Engineering Inc, Alsoft Inc, or Micromat Inc) and quickly create a bootable diagnostic device that contains any of your own utilities that you may wish to install.

You can use your portable music player to boot, check, maintain, and repair Mac OS X computers* as needed without erasing it and taking away your ability to play music or use your device as you always have. With the help of DasBoot™ you get to carry all the tools you'll need in your shirt pocket. But unlike expensive third party alternatives, you'll have plenty of space left over for a multitude of additional utilities as well as ample drive space when you need to recover data.

DasBoot™ allows you to run data recovery applications such as FileSalvage, diagnostic and repair applications, and much more, all from your MP3 player, portable hard drive or flash drive.

SubRosaSoft DasBoot™ gives you the power to create and maintain your own pocket-sized toolkit for your Mac - exactly the way you want - on one portable device and it's totally free!! Just plug it in and all your tools will be at your fingertips.

If you want a forensically sound boot device then please use the MacForensicsLab boot CD. This boot CD is specifically modified for forensics use in that it disables the portions of the operating system that can effect your investigation. In doing so it will effect the operation of non-forensics based tools in order to stop them altering your evidence.

DasBoot has been tested with the following disk utilities and data recovery tools, but will also run many others;CopyCatX, FileSalvage, MacForensicsLab, VolumeWorks, Drive Genius, Data Rescue II, DiskWarrior, Apple Disk Utility, and TechTool Pro.

* Note - Users of DasBoot must have purchased licenses to install the various disk utilities and own an appropriate disk utility bootable CD/DVD to use as the source disk.

DasBoot is free to download and can be freely distributed.

What’s new in version 2.0

Version 2.0:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard compatible
  • Support for the newest Intel Macs
  • Some performance tweaks and bug fixes

DasBoot for Mac

Free
In English
Version 2.0
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2.5

(25 Reviews of DasBoot)

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The-Equalizer
The-Equalizer
Mar 23 2015
2.0
0.0
Mar 23 2015
0.0
Version: 2.0
This doesn't do anything ...Why bother?
BMWTwisty
BMWTwisty
Feb 9 2011
2.0
3.0
Feb 9 2011
3.0
Version: 2.0
Dasboot will create a bootable USB version of the Snow Leopard installer disk, FWIW, but that's all. I could not - after more than 12 attempts - get this software to create a bootable DiskWarrior or TechTool Pro USB drive. When I looked at the USB drive contents everything appeared to me as a bootable drive would but it just did not show up as a bootable drive when holding the Option key on my iMac running 10.0.6. Holding the Option key to restart, the USB drive shows up only as a storage device. When I click to select the device the mouse locks up and the Mac restarts. There's supposed to be a Subrosasoft launcher that comes up first if this concept worked but it never does. I even ran DiskWarrior v4.0 on the finished USB drive and it found directory errors which I fixed but still did no good. The USB drive must be formatted correctly, fwiw, to have a GUID partition table which is needed to boot from the device. I'd like to hear what I've not done correctly! I'd give the software 5 stars if it worked on DiskWarrior or TechTool Pro but since it only makes a bootable Mac OS X drive for now I'll give it a 3-star rating. Dasboot is free, however so that helps.
Voicebox
Voicebox
Sep 18 2010
2.0
1.0
Sep 18 2010
1.0
Version: 2.0
Moving on from my previous post, I still cannot get this seemingly worthless piece of software to work properly; what a waste of time and effort! A pity because on paper it seemed to be a good idea .... The developers comments are conspicuous by their absence from this forum! voicebox
Voicebox
Voicebox
Sep 18 2010
2.0
1.0
Sep 18 2010
1.0
Version: 2.0
Like a lot of other folks here, I cannot get this software to work! I have a 24" iMac running 10.6.4 I downloaded and installed DasBoot 2.0. I then mounted a Flashdrive and opened DasBoot -it failed to see the Flashdrive! I keep getting the message 'Please insert a valid CD or DVD to use as the source disk' According to the publicity, it should work with a Flashdrive What am I doing wrong? Any ideas would be welcome! voicebox
Whitehawk
Whitehawk
Jul 23 2010
2.0
0.0
Jul 23 2010
0.0
Version: 2.0
Same here, will not boot from a USB stick, tried every way to boot from it, it will show if I hold down option key, but when selected it just freezes the Mac, and if selected in the Startup Disk it goes around in cycles like NICMART said. Real shame, would have liked to have had this available as Disk Warrior isn't ready for my new 2010 Mac mini.
BMWTwisty
BMWTwisty
Feb 9 2011
3.0
Feb 9 2011
3.0
Version: null
Voicebox
Voicebox
Sep 18 2010
1.0
Sep 18 2010
1.0
Version: null
Nicmart
Nicmart
Jul 15 2010
1.0
Jul 15 2010
1.0
Version: null
Islandmacman
Islandmacman
Jul 27 2007
5.0
Jul 27 2007
5.0
Version: null