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Old 08-27-2008, 12:14 PM   #1
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Recovering windows files with DSL Live CD


hey guys, new to the forum and hope to stick around. i have this old laptop with Windows XP SP2 on it but let's just say it's a peace of crap. it has 200 some mbs of RAM and a 40 gig harddrive and it freezes whenever i try to log in (among other things).

i plan on wiping the hard drive and putting some version Linux on there to use as a college laptop, but i would like to go into the HD and access some of my files first. the Ubuntu Live CD won't run on it since it has so little RAM, so i chucked in a DSL Live CD. however, i can't find a way to access my HD's files and i couldn't find much on google that's specifically for DSL. can anyone explain to me how get to my files from the Live CD so that i can transfer them onto an external hard drive?
 
Old 08-27-2008, 12:58 PM   #2
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well, i managed to find something and i used the instructions here:

http://www.jasonhsu.com/linux-start.html

but i can't seem to be able to transfer the files over to my external harddrive. i either get a "cannot create directory - permission denied" error or a "cannot create file - read-only file system" error. any ideas?
 
Old 08-27-2008, 01:02 PM   #3
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A non-catholic way could be : use your harddrive with USB adaptater, it's normaly easy to remove the hd out your laptop.

An other way, could be to use a live cd with a TEXT console, no X ;-)

I guess that knoppix is largely better than ubuntu, that's my opinion and engage only myself.

The last way, you can use ghost or any other disk to image tool such as diskimage.
 
Old 08-27-2008, 01:04 PM   #4
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have a look on mounted filesystem using the command "mount"
May be you external harddrive is mounted as read-only.

So, you can umount this drive (partition) and mount it as rw with the -o option.
 
Old 08-27-2008, 01:24 PM   #5
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well, i can remove my laptop's HD but i can't connect it anywhere via usb. i did connect my external HD via usb though. as for the disc image, how would i be able to pull individual files from that? and can i run one through a live cd (my normal windows boot-up is impossible).

as for "mount it as rw with the -o option," well, i have no clue what this means. can you explain it to me?
 
  


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