The free Shardana Antivirus Rescue Disk Utility, aka SARDU, is a useful tool that allows you to create your own bootable USBstick loaded with a series of some of the most popular repair, recovery, and anti-malware tools out there. Ever wanted to cram Hiren's Boot Disc, Ultimate Boot CD, and more into a single package? SARDU does just that, functioning as a download manager to get the images, and then as a rescue drive creator, copying the images over to create a multi-boot rescue drive packed your favorite software toolkits.
It will take some adjustment, but it's possible to work without a built-in optical drive in your new laptop, netbook, or ultrabook. Have any tips or tools you'd like to share with fellow readers when it comes to ripping media, working with disc images, and creating USB boot drives? Please share them in the comments section below!