BootIt Collection is an all-in-one package that contains both BootIt Bare Metal and BootIt UEFI, two powerful boot and partition management tools. In other words, the suite delivers multi-booting software for both the now legacy BIOS systems and UEFI systems.
The archive contains a so-called “MakeDisk” application, which offers one-click access to the deployment wizard. As such, you are guided step by step into creating a bootable disk that hosts one of the BootIt applications mentioned above. You get to select between the BIOS and the UEFI PC platforms and select the partition management program to use: either BootIt Bare Metal or Image for DOS (GUI).
The wizard allows you to check the desired video method and resolution and toggle mouse support, if you want to. The resulting disk image can feature PATA or SATA support. Furthermore, the guide comes with several geometry and MBR-related options that more advanced users are sure to appreciate. Once you burn your ISO image onto a disk, you can boot from it and enjoy the features of either BootIt Bare Metal or Image for DOS (GUI).
Image for DOS (GUI) provides a simple means of creating backup images of single partitions or even entire drives on your computer. The generated backup files are fully compatible with Image for Windows.
The same application makes it possible to restore or validate a backup or copy partitions altogether to facilitate migration to a larger drive.
If you choose to use BootIt Bare Metal, then you should know that working with an expert-level partition manager that can tamper with boot options requires a bit of experience, so as not to damage the system’s functionality.
With the help of this particular application, you can easily create, copy, move, delete, or resize partitions. Conversion operations are also possible and keep in mind that MBR, EMBR, and GPT disks are supported by the application.
Managing common booting problems is much easier, thanks to the built-in BCD editor of BootIt Bare Metal. Furthermore, booting multiple operating systems from a single partition is possible, as the application automatically detects and adds them to the boot menu.
With support for both BIOS and UEFI systems, BootIt Collection seems to be the package to go when it comes to disk management. It can handle both boot-related issues, as well as partition management and backup operations. And, since its components can only be deployed via a disk image, it requires no operating system to run.