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Old 08-14-06, 11:31 AM
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Recover NTFS files from Linux?

My friend's Windows installation has become corrupted beyond all recognition, thanks to an incompetent Dell Indian. It looks like I am going to have to wipe the hard drive to get the Windows install disk to boot because right now even THAT gives a blue screen.

Before do anything, though, I want to try and recover as many files as I can. Beings I can't get into Windows, I'm going to use a Linux live CD (or similar). Anyone know of a reliable way to recover files from an NTFS partition from Linux?

Or, better yet, does anyone know of any good recovery CDs that include a file recovery utility?

Thanks!
Old 08-14-06, 11:35 AM
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If you have access to another machine, the easist thing to do is to put the drive with the data you are trying to recover in another machine as a second drive. Boot up and just copy the data to the main drive of this second machine.

simple, easy, but you need another machine.

Even if you get a boot CD up and running, where do you plan on copying the data to?
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You must think you're so clever, what with your simple solutions that were completely obvious but others overlooked in lieu of a more complex solution.

Just stop.


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I am really an idiot, my only claim to fame is that I have an extremely firm grasp on the obvious So far it works for me.
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Sounds like you have a solution, but just in case...

Almost all of the Linux liveCDs will mount NTFS partitions at least as read only, however the Ultimate Boot CD (full version) is designed for recovery operations just like this. Besides the linux liveCD portion it comes packed with dozens of DOS tools for trouble shooting.

As for what to do with the data, there are plenty of options:

1. Burn to DVD/CD from linux
2. Setup a Samba file share and access the files from another computer on your network, or do FTP.
3. Use an online storage site. There are some free ones, but the limits might be too restrictive. Up to several GB should be pretty cheap though, under $10.
4. Memorize it all.
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you might also be able to do the same with bartPE (a preinstallation environment -- it works like a live cd).

kms

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