The .iso file can be downloaded from the The Helix Live CD Page
After downloading the ISO file, I checked the md5dum of the downloaded .iso file against that listed on the website to be sure it hadn't been corruped during the download process.
$ md5sum Helix* 1b201c6f044a18b77d77672ec754451d Helix_V1.9-07-13a-2007.iso
After burning the .iso file to a CD, I verified it with md5sum again before ejecting the CD.
$ md5sum /dev/cdrom 1b201c6f044a18b77d77672ec754451d /dev/cdrom $ eject
I booted the system from the Helix boot CD (version 1.9 07-13-2007). I chose GUI from the menu of options, which include the following:
Copy Helix to RAM (Need 1GB+)
Boot with a persistent home
--> EXTRA MENU
At the next window, I saw the laptop's hard drive in the upper-left
hand of the window, labelled
/media/hda1. There was
a toolbar at the bottom of the window. Clicking on the left item
on the toolbar, which was represented by a black circular icon, I was
able to bring up the Helix Menu.
Clicking on the second from the left icon on the toolbar at the
bottom of the window opened the Endeavor 2 File Manager. Within
that program, I was able to click on Device and Mount
to mount the laptop's hard disk, which was designated
Drive Designations for information on how Linux designates drives
in a system). The drive was mounted under
Once it was mounted I was then able to access files on
the hard disk. When I double-clicked on an HTML file on the hard disk,
it was opened in Firefox.
I was able to mount a USB thumbdrive by clicking on the Root Terminal icon (3rd from the left) on the toolbar at the bottom of the main window. I then issued the following commands to mount the thumbdrive and then copy a directory from the laptop's hard drive to the thumbdrive (I first stretched the root terminal window to make it wider to accomodate the entire command, so I didn't have to deal with continuation lines). Note: since Helix is based on a Linux distribution, you must be careful to use the correct case of letters for filenames.
[root (knoppix)]# mkdir /mnt/usb [root (knoppix)]# mount /dev/sda1 /mnt/usb [root (knoppix)]# cp -r "/media/hda1/Documents and Settings/Owner/My Documents/ExampleDir" /mnt/usb/.
After copying the files I wanted, I dismounted the thumbdrive with
I tried the Retriever tool, which can be accessed by clicking
on the Helix Menu icon on the toolbar at the bottom of the
main window, then clicking on Forensics, and then Retriever.
I clicked on the Add button and added
/KNOPPIX/usr/local/Retriever 2.0 from the list of
paths to be searched. I then clicked on the Video button and then
the Find button to have Retriever search for video files on the
laptop's hard drive. Be prepared to wait quite a while for the search to
complete, if you search an entire drive. For a "video" search, Retriever
will look for files of type mpeg, wmv, avi, wma, etc. I also discovered
it lists .cur and
.ico files as well when
you do a video search