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Old 06-17-2008, 03:56 AM   #1
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Hands-free rescue disk

I have an odd rescue requirement. My laptop has completely lost keyboard, mouse and USB but will boot successfully and has a working net connection (i.e: I can ping it). Before I pay for a board replacement I need to retrieve and remove the data on the hdd.

Unfortunately the OS installed (a fairly vanilla Ubuntu 8.04) does not expose ssh, telnet, samba nor remote X login so the ethernet connection is not helping much.

So, what I'm looking for is a live cd/rescue disk that will:

- boot without a single keypress
- automatically expose enough protocols for me to manage the hdd from another machine. Remote X login would be fine (is that called xdmcp?), samba/nfs would do but must be read/write so that I can remove the data as well as copy it, ssh would be ok as long as the passwords are known or blank.

I've never looked at livecd/usb key distros so I don't know what to go for. Are there any which expose those protocols automatically? My ubuntu cd certainly seems not to. What about puppy, DSL etc? I could just try all of them myself but I'll be downloading and burning at work which is both slow and mildly frowned upon so I'd appreciate getting the right disk first time.

Thanks in advance

Old 06-17-2008, 07:57 AM   #2
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SystemRescueDisc has virtually everything needed to remove, recover or relocate information. You can get the specs and download at

The download is burned to a CD, but from the CD you can quickly install it to a USD.

Good luck!
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Most laptops it ain't too hard to get the disk out. Just connect it to another machine and pull the data that way.


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