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    Question Using a Live CD to save a computer

    Hey, a friend of mine's XP computer seems to be in that classic eternal "loading windows->computer resets" loop and I was wondering what I could do with the live CD. I know I could probably install ntfs-3g and recover files from the hard drive assuming it's not that what's damaged in the first place, but is there anything else I can do? Also, Ubuntu doesn't come already with ntfs-3g, and it worries me that I won't be able to connect to internet, so what's another distro that has a LiveCD with ntfs-3g included? I already have Knoppix's and PCLinux's .isos around somewhere, do any of those come with it?

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    Re: Using a Live CD to save a computer

    You do not need any write support for ntfs, you could easily recover files without it if you are saving the information to a drive in another format. You could use GParted and create a partition on the same drive as Windows to move the files you wish to recover. You can use any live cd, but I recommend Knoppix or Slax if you can get them.

    Linux, Knoppix, Ubuntu and others can READ NTFS, not write to it without a driver, so you can copy the files with no problem.

    You probably don't want to use Linux to write to ntfs drives, as it can cause problems I hear.

    If your hard drive starts, as it seems to be doing, the files can be recovered.

    -edit Slax 6 has NTFS write support, I just found out http://www.slax.org/
    Last edited by LaRoza; June 12th, 2007 at 05:25 PM.

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    Re: Using a Live CD to save a computer

    Thanks. I guess what I'm looking for is either a LiveCD that mounts them automatically so I don't have to bother with terminal work or a guide on what commands to follow with Ubuntu's LiveCD so I can mount them and start the backup I know there's a tool with pretty interface for this(ntfs-config) but as I said I don't have internet available on the machine

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    Re: Using a Live CD to save a computer

    Slax will mount the drives automatically I believe.

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    Re: Using a Live CD to save a computer

    There are distros dedicate to rescue recovery functions, many posts about them here in the forums.

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    Re: Using a Live CD to save a computer

    Knoppix should mount your drives on the desktop. This will allow you to copy the data to a usb stick, cdr or to another networked pc.

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    Re: Using a Live CD to save a computer

    Im having a somewhat similar problem. My XP PC is constantly restarting from the safemode screen with every choice it offers. I got ahold of an Ubuntu Live CD, and I can get to its desktop.

    I can see my HD listed on the side, but when I try to access it it says it cant mount internal drives because of system policy and shows a little login window. It says the user is Ubuntu, and theres a spot for a password. I was never asked to make an account and password so I dont know what to type in there. Even if I did know the password, would I then have access to my files?

    I have a 500gig external HD and I was planning on transfering all my files onto there through the Ubuntu Live CD. Would that work as easy as Im hoping it will? Just find all my files, copy/paste them over to my external HD, then reformat my internal HD, and copy/paste all my files back over?

    Ive never used linux or Ubuntu before, so please be kind.

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    Re: Using a Live CD to save a computer

    There's a recovery version of Ubuntu around here somewhere ... Rescubuntu? Is that right?

    Edit: Aha! I found it on bapoumba's blog.

    http://bapoumba.wordpress.com/2007/1...as-rescubuntu/

    There's also this page in the wiki.

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DataRecovery
    Last edited by K.Mandla; December 28th, 2007 at 02:38 AM. Reason: Found link(s).
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    Re: Using a Live CD to save a computer

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Real_Crunk View Post
    Im having a somewhat similar problem. My XP PC is constantly restarting from the safemode screen with every choice it offers. I got ahold of an Ubuntu Live CD, and I can get to its desktop.

    I can see my HD listed on the side, but when I try to access it it says it cant mount internal drives because of system policy and shows a little login window. It says the user is Ubuntu, and theres a spot for a password. I was never asked to make an account and password so I dont know what to type in there. Even if I did know the password, would I then have access to my files?

    I have a 500gig external HD and I was planning on transfering all my files onto there through the Ubuntu Live CD. Would that work as easy as Im hoping it will? Just find all my files, copy/paste them over to my external HD, then reformat my internal HD, and copy/paste all my files back over?

    Ive never used linux or Ubuntu before, so please be kind.
    How did you get to your Desktop?, Mine still says I/O error, Error reading Boot Cd.

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    Re: Using a Live CD to save a computer

    Quote Originally Posted by iNeed View Post
    How did you get to your Desktop?, Mine still says I/O error, Error reading Boot Cd.
    Please create a new thread for your technical problems.

    This thread is really old and the responses are out of date, especially mine about not being able to write to NTFS.

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