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I boot up knoppix (CD booted, nothing on the HD) and its all fine and dandy, go into the root thing...and I keep trying to get into /mnt/hd1/WINDOWS/system32/config (for undisclosed reasons), but I can't!
How do I get in?
all I can get is something like:
knoppix[knoppix]# Its something like that
and I think it has to do with the
'cd' command but I don't know how to use it or root...
If you do not know something as basic as cd (change directory) you really are new to Linux. I suggest you get a book to help you get started. This has made a tremendous difference for me. You don't even have to buy one since there are lots of good free ones available from www.tldp.org. Look under the longer books/guides section. Intro-to-linux is a very good one.
if ls -a doesn't show you the file, then I don't know what to say; maybe it's not in there.
The only other thing I can think of is that Linux is not properly reading the file system. For instance, it cannot read ntfs (used on Win2000 and WinXP). But it can read vfat, and if you can navigate to .../config/ then it should be reading it fine.
To check what type of file system you have (or Linux thinks you have) type simply
with no options. This should give you a list of information about your drive and filesystem.
May I ask what the file is and what you need it for? Sounds like you're looking for a Windows file, but why when you have Linux installed.
One other workaround I can think of would quickly setting up Samba and accessing ...config/ from a Windows machine on the same network (if your machine is on a network).
Ok ok, that makes sense, I have ntsf on.
Its my windows computer (I'm on my most precious mac right now), I went on vacation and forgot the password, and i know how to get it using linux, its the the...I don't remember the technical term for it, but its a boot up CD with linux on it. I pop it in and turn on the computer and it starts without installing anything on the HD, gawd, I should remember what its called...*mumble*
So you're trying to retrieve your password file, then?
Hmmm, not sure what you can do. I've heard of Linux utilities you can get to read ntfs, but don't know how if you could install them using a Live Eval cd. Maybe you could since the Live Eval presumably uses a virtual file system which it creates in RAM. You'd need to have internet access to do the search and download the file, or you'd need to download the utility on your MAC, burn it to a CD or move it across a network, and then insall it, if the Live Eval would let you.
To mount a cd:
mount -t iso9660 /dev/hdc
mount ... /dev/hdd
depending on your configuration.
Either way, sounds like a pretty challenging situation. Are your personal Windows files all backed up on your MAC? If so, you might just reinstall Windows (or better yet, switch to Linux :-) ).
Even if you can access this password file, won't it be encrypted?
I've got the encryption thing covered...I think. My friend has a friend....
Anyways, yes I can install things using a live cd, I just have to do some....tweaking, and I have to install them every single time I start it up...Oh well.
No i didn't back up my harddrive on my mac... -stupid me-
there better be an NTFS reader, if not, i can always use NT password for Linux, the problem is finding a copy online, cause i think its not legal...