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retrieve pictures off harddrive that crashed..

By kcbmet ·
is there freeware i can use to retrieve pictures of a dell harddrive that crashed, blue screen. i have Knoppix , but am having hard time saving pictures and also recognizing picture. all i see is the Ghost backup. so i was going to attemp to copy the .GHS file .And then use Norton GHost free trial to retrieve pic.s Also i have BartPE, but it doesn't work because i haven't bought the software; only freeware demo. Using BartPE, i can see the pic.s i want to save . any help.

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Use another computer

by mjd420nova In reply to retrieve pictures off har ...

I've often had units crash and drives go flaky loading the OS, a cure I use is to install it as a second or "D" drive in a good unit, access the drive using DOS command prompt or windows explorer and move the files of to the good units drive or burn them to a CD-RW or DVD-RW drive for later recovery once I get the other system back in working order. Often a blue screen just meant the OS has an error, possibly repairable using the install CD and doing a repair.

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The way that I do this is to

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to retrieve pictures off har ...

Fit the HDD to a USB Caddy and attach it to another computer where I can save the Data that I need to get off the corrupt Windows OS.

If you have a M$ Branded Install Disc of the OS you can perform a In Place Install/Repair Install by following the directions here

But there are a couple of restrictions you need to understand first. If you have enabled the Encrypted File System or EFS you Can Not use the Repair Option as you will destroy the Encryption Key rendering all your Data Unreadable. If you have a System Makers Recovery Disc you Can Not perform a Repair Install as that option isn't included in the Recovery Set.

You should first test the HDD with the Makers Testing Utility or Seatools available from here

If you have Encrypted these Files you will need to Post Back with the Brand of Encryption Software that you have used and the OS that it is installed on.

If you have Knoppix as a Live Linux run it Mount the HDD and navigate to the Data Folder and save these files to some external Media. Of course if you have these files Encrypted they will be unreadable and expensive to recover.


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Try using a live Linux

by NickNielsen In reply to retrieve pictures off har ...

Download and burn PCLinuxOS ( onto a CD. Boot to the CD (do NOT install!). From the desktop, double click "My Computer" and select the local hard drive. If there is more than one partition, mount them all (this may be the problem you are having with Knoppix). If the drive itself has not failed, you should then have full access to all files on the hard drive.

Navigate to the pictures directory ("c:\documents and settings\%userid%\my documents\pictures" is the default location) and copy them to an external hard drive or burn them to CD/DVD.

If the only partition available to PCLinuxOS is the Dell recovery partition (the Ghost image), you may need to repair the partition table in the master boot record. Use your tool of choice.

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This is the same as Knoppix

by w2ktechman In reply to Try using a live Linux

and he was having issues with that.

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I think he mounted the wrong partition.

by NickNielsen In reply to This is the same as Knopp ...

I suspect he mounted the recovery partition and not the primary partition. He also says BartPE shows the files he's looking for. I think he just needs to reboot into Knoppix and mount the correct partition.

I don't remember Knoppix with a GUI, but then I haven't updated in over 5 years!

<research break>

:0 Knoppix runs KDE now? Cool! No difference from PCLOS after all. Downloaded, will burn.

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Yup, these linux discs are awesome!

by w2ktechman In reply to I think he mounted the wr ...

I have used the knoppix cd several times, but I still prefer to plug the drives into my PCLOS box

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There is good advice here

by w2ktechman In reply to retrieve pictures off har ...

now for more advice -- in the future, do not rely on your pics/data being stored exclusively on the HDD. Back them up to cd/dvd.

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Dont be too worry!

by gaojielaner In reply to There is good advice here

OF Course, back pics/data up to cd/dvd is very safe to our important data, however, you won't be too worry if you delete your data for you can use a data recovery software to recovery them. I know some softwares that are safe and easy to use,such as EASEUS Data Recovery may have a try
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Recover deleted files from Windows and Mac

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Recover lost data from crashed or external hard drive

by misheal In reply to retrieve pictures off har ...

hi friend,
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