How it Works

On the left is the GEEPS main screen.

When you start your computer with GEEPS, you won’t see Windows.  GEEPS has been designed to examine your computer and make all the installation decisions for you.  There are no installation questions to answer!

Steps to Start your computer with GEEPS:

  1. Insert the GEEPS USB into your computer.
  2. Turn the computer power button on.
  3. After the screen at left appears, follow the on screen directions to drag your data to GEEPS, then safely wipe the drive!

GEEPS overcomes any issues that are preventing Windows from starting your computer because Windows isn’t needed!  Viruses, malware, registry errors, boot issues, no problem!  You can save valuable data and erase the drive safely!

GEEPS provides an easy way to see your data, so you can quickly find what you want to save.  GEEPS allows you to locate, review, and drag files, folders or groups of folders off of any PC made since 1998.  You can accomplish everything with just your mouse! Easy on screen directions walk you through step by step.

Once you have all your data, wiping the drive for disposal is just as easy.  Point click, wiped!  No cryptic commands, no confusion.  You can erase a drive multiple times if desired (even though once is enough, the US military likes 3 times).

The “Techie” details:

When you plug the GEEPS device into a USB port of your computer and turn the power on, your computers BIOS will start checking possible locations for an operating system to load.  The first operating system that it finds will be loaded into memory and started.  Because most PC’s are set to look at the CD/DVD and USB ports FIRST, GEEPS will be seen before Windows and the computer will load GEEPS instead of Windows.  Manufacturer and rescue disk solutions work in a similar fashion.  If GEEPS is not seen immediately, it is easy to change the PC to see GEEPS first.  GEEPS comes with both quick start instructions and more detailed BIOS instructions for most PC’s.  If your PC is not covered in the instructions, we will be happy to help you.

Every PC ‘boots’.  What this means in laymen terms is the control of the pc ‘brain’ or processor is passed to an operating system shortly after the power is turned on.  This is done by software that is stored in a part of the pc.  This software, specific to each PC, is a category of software called ‘firmware’ because it is closely related to the hardware it is stored on and is designed to work specifically with that hardware.  Most people in the computer industry refer to it as BIOS, or Basic Input Output System.  The BIOS is responsible for defining how the hardware will be used, and activating any options that the hardware was manufactured with.  A PC is a collection of hard drive, memory, CPU (brain), graphics, USB ports and various other items like DVD players, etc…  The manner of communicating with each of these devices is contained in the BIOS.  The BIOS also controls the ‘boot order’, or where the PC looks first for an operating system.  All PC’s have the ability to load an operating system into memory from several locations.  Besides the hard drive, CD/DVD and USB are other popular options, as well as directly from a network connection.

Linux is an open source operating system that is at the heart of almost all network devices world wide.  Routers, switches, servers and desktops all run Linux.  Linux is an incredibly stable and powerful operating system with many great features.  Several of those features have been incorporated into the creation of GEEPS.  Linux comes in many flavors, or distributions, as they are known.  Many talented developers have created specialized versions of Linux to handle just about any situation you can imagine.  Some versions that were created to run on older hardware, were designed to run all in memory (RAM), and were designed to be especially easy to use were the basis for GEEPS.