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joewal 07-06-2009 12:38 PM

Computer crashed, but the hard drive is still good.

I have a hard drive from an older computer that quit working(not recoverable). The hard drive is still good. I don't know how old the version of Linux was. I need to get some files off the hard drive. What is the best solution to do this?

Thanks in advance, Joe

Uncle_Theodore 07-06-2009 12:43 PM

Connect it to another Linux machine, use
fdisk -l
to see what partitions the drive has, then mount partitions and recover the files. :)

joewal 07-06-2009 12:48 PM

Thanks for the quick reply. we don't have any machines with Linux at this location. Which version of Linux should I load on a machine? I am a very novice user to Linux.

Uncle_Theodore 07-06-2009 12:56 PM

You can do that with a live-CD (knoppix or such), a USB stick or even with Windows, provided the filesystem on your drive is ext2 or ext3. There's a program called explore2fs for Windows.

If you want to install Linux on one of your machines, it doesn't really matter what distro you use for such an operation.

joewal 07-06-2009 02:49 PM

I installed Ubuntu and now I can see the files. I get a message that says, The folder contents could not be displayed. You do not have the premissions necessary to view the contents of (the folder)

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