Could someone recommend a simple (non-graphical) distribution that fits on a USB stick, boots without HD access, providing the functions of Super Grub Disk. I find the instructions for creating a Super Grub USB confusing. Even the CD version has cryptic operating instructions. Yes I know there is always Knoppix, but it is graphical (slow loading) and lacks the grub manipulating functions.
You could try PartedMagic. They have a flash key version I believe. It is a GUI but a simple one although you can do about anything in it as far as repair and partitioning that is needed. Here’s where to download it: News
Thanks for the suggestions. I checked out PartedMagic, but I could not find how to actually boot a drive or partition that had a damaged or missing boot loader. Super Grub Disk identifies any drive and partition that has a kernel on it and can boot it. But it would be handy to also be able to mount a partition using the booted USB stick if no hard drive is bootable. Having a shell with CLI commands available would be nice. So far I have been unable to create two bootable partitions on the same USB stick.
Example. I have a netbook with no access to CD. I boot Super Grub from the USB stick. If it finds a bootable HD I have a solution. If it doesn’t, then I boot (with Super Grub) the CLI Linux on the USB stick and save what data is still intact on the HD.