What is DasBoot?
Do you have a shiny new music player in your pocket? Or perhaps you have a flash drive or small portable hard drive? Now you can turn it into a Mac OS X diagnostic, repair, and maintenance tool. DasBoot allows you to take any third party boot CD/DVD (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 all of the utilities you may wish to install.
You can make your music player boot and repair Mac OS X computers without erasing it, or taking away your ability to play music. With the help of DasBoot you get to carry all the tools you’ll need with you. But unlike expensive third party alternatives, you’ll have plenty of space left over in case you need to recover data, or want to keep playing music.
DasBoot devices run software much faster than a CD/DVD repair disk. In addition, you can re-configure the device at any time to add new utilities, updated versions of software or newer versions of Mac OS X.
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, DiskWarrior, and TechTool Pro.
DasBoot is programmed to run on the following minimum specification:
- Apple Intel Mac
- Mac OS X 10.5 to 10.6
- DVD-Rom drive for Boot CD/DVD
- Bootable CD/DVD from 3rd party (The Mac OS X installer disc will not work)
- Bootable device (FireWire drives, iPods, USB Flash drives, etc…) iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Shuffle are not supported.
Technical Support and Contact Information
We provide free technical support via email. We can be reached at the following address: email@example.com.
In addition to any support question(s), please include ALL of the following pieces of information:
- System configuration(s) – Macintosh model, hard drive make, model etc.
- System OS version.
- Information on the bootable disc used with DasBoot, and the target device.
System related information can be found by using the “System Profiler” application in the /Applications/Utilities folder.
Comments & Questions
If you have comments, problems, or questions about this product, please contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact Address Details
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How To Obtain the Latest Version
You can download the latest version of DasBoot by visiting the official web site at: www.subrosasoft.com
A download link, along with version information, is accessible on the product page of the site. Simply click the respective link and a compressed archive file will automatically begin to download to the computer’s desktop.
DasBoot versions are distributed in a ZIP archive format and will be decompressed in the Mac OS Finder with a simple double-click of the file (Many users may have Safari set to automatically decompress .ZIP archives when downloaded). This will place a disk image file (.dmg) on the desktop. Double click the .dmg file to mount the image.
The DasBoot folder should automatically open on the desktop. You can then move the application DasBoot to the workstation’s Applications Folder.
When the user hovers the pointer arrow over a button or area of the application window that is context sensitive, small information clips will pop up. Such areas include buttons and parts of DasBoot that require some form of user interaction.
Once the DasBoot application is in the Applications folder, double-click the file icon to activate the software. The user will first be greeted with the DasBoot splash screen.
After a couple of seconds, the splash screen will close and the user will be presented with the screen below. Click on the SubRosaSoft.com Inc button if you would like to find out more information about the company’s other exciting software products. To continue to work with DasBoot, click Start and the main screen will appear.
The program will prompt you to enter your administrator password. This allows DasBoot to use the full power of the Mac OS X operating system. If you don’t have a bootable CD or DVD inserted into your CD/DVD drive, DasBoot will automatically request that you insert one to be used as the source disk.
Once a bootable CD is inserted, the main window will be updated immediately. Information about the bootable CD/DVD will be displayed on the source panel, while the destination panel will be populated with all volumes (other than the startup drive) formatted with HFS Plus.
Using DasBoot to Create Bootable Devices
From the Source Panel, you can select a source CD or DVD from the popup menu. The source disc must be a bootable CD/DVD that you have purchased from a disk utility such as those shipped by SubRosaSoft.com Inc, Prosoft Engineering Inc, Alsoft Inc, or Micromat Inc.
The destination panel will display all volumes (other than the startup drive) formatted with HFS Plus.
DasBoot will automatically detect many applications that can be added to the bootable device. In addition, you can select the applications you would like to include on your bootable disk. Simply drag and drop the application of your choice into the list below to add it.
To ensure the correct operation of each application, you should first install it into the computer’s Applications folder (do not drag directly from an installer CD).
You can select the default language on the bootable device you plan to build with DasBoot. By selecting from the Language popup menu, you can set the language to US English (the default), Japanese (日本語), or German (Deutsch).
To continue building the DasBoot device, click Start the DasBoot Process.
A warning dialog will inform the user that the process is irreversible.
The microdrive is usually the most fragile component of a digital music player (such as the first and second generations of the iPod Mini). If the device is out of warranty it can be very difficult to replace the drive.
The user can click Cancel to stop the process, or click OK to proceed with the operation. Clicking OK will bring a progress box to the foreground at the top of the window. This provides the user with live updated information on the progress of the DasBoot creation process.
When completed the user will be presented with a final dialog box confirming the completion of the copying process. The user should close this by clicking on OK, at which point he or she can begin using the DasBoot device as a bootable diagnostic, repair, or data recovery tool.
Using DasBoot Device
How to Startup from the DasBoot Device
There are two ways to start up from the DasBoot device:
The first method involves setting the Startup Disk in System Preferences.
- Open System Preferences from the Apple menu and click Startup Disk.
- Click the icon of the system folder for the DasBoot device you want to use.
- Click Restart.
The second method allows users to choose the startup volume on the fly.
- Turn on or restart the computer.
- Immediately press and hold the Option key. After a moment, the Startup Manager screen appears and starts the scanning process for available bootable volumes.
- Click the DasBoot volume you want to use.
- Click the Forward arrow to begin booting.
Using SRS Launcher
The user will first be greeted with the SRS Launcher splash screen, then after a few seconds, the SRS Launcher application appears and displays the applications available for use. To launch an application, highlight the utility and click the Launch button.
To quit SRS Launcher, select Quit from the SRS Launcher menu, or press <command-q> on your keyboard. The machine will restart immediately.