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Rescuing Files from bad hard drive

By sdhines3 ·
I have a laptop in which the hard drive needs to be replaced and its covered under warranty so I will send it back...But first..I want to save my files from it..specifically my photos...About a year ago a friend had a similar issue and to fix it I just popped in a SUSE live cd and copied her files to a usb stick...Problem is that I forgot how to do it...any suggestions...I havent snooped around in Linux for a while now( sadly) and I completely forgot where to look...

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Hmmmm....

by cmiller5400 In reply to Rescuing Files from bad h ...

This sounds fishy to me... If you did it a year ago, and you forgot, how did you learn it a year ago? That's your answer... Maybe.

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Fishy??

by sdhines3 In reply to Hmmmm....

"This sounds fishy to me... If you did it a year ago, and you forgot, how did you learn it a year ago? That's your answer... Maybe."

As I said...I havent worked with Linux in over a year so I forgot...If you dont have anything productive to say then dont say anything at all...

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Well...

by cmiller5400 In reply to Fishy??

If you dont have anything productive to say then dont say anything at all...

I DID say something productive. I told you to refer back to where you learned it before.

But to make your life easier, look into ubcd4win

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hd

by clarkd038 In reply to Rescuing Files from bad h ...

when you say it needs replaced, does this mean that (i'm assuming you are using XP)you can not even load up into the operating system.

There is the alternate route of getting a hard drive enclosure to extract the data.

But you should be able to use a live linux, in which you can access the HD, from there you shouldn't even have to use the command prompt unless you have to "mount" the thumb drive. And just copy the files over that you need.


I recommend the Hard Drive Enclosure as I am not a linux guy. It is easy to just pop the HD in and pull the info to another machine.

Hope this helps.

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If the machine is still under warranty

by Bizzo In reply to hd

Don't remove the harddisk, as this may invalidate the warranty.

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Any live CD with NTFS support will work

by The Altruist In reply to Rescuing Files from bad h ...

There are Windows Live CDs as well as Linux though Linux CDs are easier to acquire. Download a Live CD of your choice and burn it to CD. Boot from the CD, and navigate to your files on the Windows hard drive. It will probably have some funny name like /mnt/hda1 or /media/hda1. Bear in mind any Linux Live CD will need the NTFS drivers so just be aware that IT MIGHT NOT WORK. SUSE looks likes it will work, so stick with what you know.

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thanks!!!

by sdhines3 In reply to Any live CD with NTFS sup ...

Now that jarred my memory...Thanks!!!

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Use Knoppix

by Bizzo In reply to Rescuing Files from bad h ...

I generally use Knoppix for that kind of stuff.
http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html
But if you're familiar with SUSE or another flavour, this link has quite a few live CD downloads:
http://www.frozentech.com/content/livecd.php

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Well if you don't have another computer to use

by OH Smeg In reply to Rescuing Files from bad h ...

SUSE will do but I really would recommend that you remove the HDD fit it to a USB Caddy and plug it into another Windows Box as it's easier and as you have to pull the drive anyway it's easier for you.

If you use SUSE or any other Live Linux it may have some hardware issues and not work with your hardware which is always a Crap Shoot if you haven't used it previously. Just because it worked once on different hardware doesn't mean it will work this time on your Hardware. nd when you have problems with Faulty Hardware it's always best to remove that from the possible problem area.

As for the HDD what makes you think that it's faulty. Just because Windows no longer boots doesn't mean that there is anything wrong with the HDD you really should test the Drive with the Drive Makers Testing Utility. If you don't know who made the Drive then Seatools is always available and works with all HDD's.

It's available here to download

http://tinyurl.com/35d6lt

If you want to give Linux a go then the newest Distro available with the Best Hardware Finding is Mandriva so it's more likely to work with most commonly available hardware it can be downloaded from here

http://tinyurl.com/6sa9vz


If you knew Linux better it would be my first suggestion but as you don't I wouldn't recommend it as my first option.

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Mandriva...

by sdhines3 In reply to Well if you don't have an ...

Do I access the files the same way...mnt\hda1 etc....i really dont want to remove the harddrive because Im quite nervous removing one from a laptop

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