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Old 09-17-2006, 04:47 PM   #1
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Burning CDs from live linux


I have a computer I'm trying to fix for a friend. There's no way to get into windows at all from what I can observe. So I'm gonna use her restore CD to clean it up and re-install her XP box. The problem is she has some documents that she needs in there that were not save. Can I use a live Linux CD to backup her stuff? The hard drive is formated with the NTFS file system.
 
Old 09-17-2006, 05:58 PM   #2
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The Knoppix 5.0.1 live cd version reads NTFS files.
 
Old 09-17-2006, 06:00 PM   #3
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You would have much better luck putting the files onto a usb drive rather than trying to burn them. Since the live distro requires one drive to be functioning, it would have to be a dual cd or dvdrom system, and I don't know if the live distros put butning software on it.

You could easily stick a usb key or drive onto the system, copy the files off the NTFS drive, and paste them on the usb drive. I think you'd find that much easier to deal with than trying to get the burning to happen.

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Old 09-17-2006, 06:06 PM   #4
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Knoppix supports read and write to NTFS systems (5.0.1 and later, that is).
If you have an external hdd, then use
Code:
knoppix tohd="/dev/<drive>"
to copy the Knoppix CD to a hard disk and boot from it. Then you can take out the CD to burn it.

Also, using a Live CD like Puppy Linux will put the entire system into RAM and allows you to remove the CD and it also comes with some CD burning software/
 
Old 09-17-2006, 09:40 PM   #5
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or just mount the drive you want to copy from and send them to the external hd. i've done that a couple times with knoppix, copied the entire drive to a net share, re-installed on the machine, then copied the needed documents back from the network share. knoppix is an awesome cd. good luck.
 
Old 09-18-2006, 06:49 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone. I'll use Knoppix to do the job.
I never thought about the USB option, that's definitely easier than burning.
 
Old 09-18-2006, 09:42 AM   #7
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your welcome, good luck with the project.
 
Old 09-18-2006, 09:48 AM   #8
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Incidentally, you might want to look into puppy linux. It's a live distro that loads completely into the RAM, therefore freeing up the CD drive.
 
  


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