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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
What's New
Version 2.0:
  • Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard compatible
  • Support for the newest Intel Macs
  • Some performance tweaks and bug fixes
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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BMWTwisty reviewed on 09 Feb 2011
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.
[Version 2.0]


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Voicebox reviewed on 18 Sep 2010
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!
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[Version 2.0]


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Voicebox commented on 18 Sep 2010
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!
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[Version 2.0]


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Whitehawk commented on 22 Jul 2010
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.
[Version 2.0]


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Nicmart reviewed on 14 Jul 2010
In 2007 I tried to install the first version of DasBoot on a USB flash drive and failed. Now I've tried the same with DasBoot 2.0 and failed again. It took a very long time to install DiskWarrier and a few other utilities on an 8GB stick, but the install appeared to be a success. However, when I tried to boot from the stick, holding down the option key and selecting the stick at boot, it didn't take and reverted to booting from the internal drive. So I tried selecting the USB stick from startup disk prefs, and the iMac (Intel) simply rebooted again and again without mounting.

When I had problems in 2007 the developers didn't respond to my request for help. I won't bother to ask this time. They still haven't seen fit to produce any user instructions.

DasBoot costs nothing, and in my experience it is worth nothing.
[Version 2.0]


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Outer commented on 14 Jul 2010
To actually use this with a USB drive requires an Intel platform. PPC users are limited to using Firewire drives.
[Version 2.0]


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craigashby commented on 31 Mar 2009
A 10.5 compatible version would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance.
[Version 1.0.2]


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VA Yooper commented on 23 Dec 2008
Do we know when they will have a 10.5 compatible version out? Someone posted here in may that it was coming "soon."

Thanks.
[Version 1.0.2]


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Drdul commented on 02 Mar 2008
Can confirm that version 1.0.2 does not work with OS X 10.5.2. Cannot see source DVD/CD, nor can it see the destination volume. Bummer.
[Version 1.0.2]

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bipwop replied on 09 Apr 2008
response from support, Feb 27, 2008:

DasBoot is not Leopard compatible yet. We will have a version soon.
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datruhd commented on 11 Nov 2007
Version 1.0.2 is not working in Mac OS X Leopard. I inserted a DVD of TechTool Pro and it will not even list it. It used to work under Tiger. Is there an update in the works?
[Version 1.0.2]


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M Chang had trouble on 09 Feb 2007
Also submitted to XLR8yourmac.com:

There were reports of the app freezing with a screen full of slashes, numbers and letters. I had the same problem, but when I copied the app from the disk image to my Application folder and re-ran, the problem went away. This was on my work PowerBook G4 1.67.

Strange thing, I had no such issue on my home Intel Mini. It ran fine from the disk image.

Home attempt was to 30GB video iPod. Work attempt was to 20GB click wheel iPod (b/w screen).

Side oddities:
Both computers also had a problem where I couldn't eject the Diskwarrior CD after running DasBoot. When I tried to restart, both computers froze (spinning beachball on PowerBook, spinning clock hands on Mini). I had to press and hold POWER to shut down.

Also, the applications you want to run have to be in the Applications folder -- not in subfolders or in Utilities. DiskWarrior, for example, creates a Utilities folder in the Apps. You can either alias to it or just pull it out of the Utilities folder.

Lastly, I've run into problems adding other disk utility apps to the iPod drive. Drive Genius, for example, has to install a few files into Library > Application Support, and it can't do so from the SubRosaSoft launcher. A workaround was to install DG on PowerBook or Mini, and then copy the App Support folder to the same location on iPod.

My initial attempt to run Cocktail just by copying to Apps folder also resulted in a freeze. I suspect I have to do the same Install and Copy App Support trick.

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With these learnings, I was able to produce two fast, usable repair iPods -- one USB for Intel Macs and one FW for PPC Macs. Cool, but more documentation would have made it easier.
[Version 1.0.1]


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License:Free
Date:13 Jul 2010
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
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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.


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