Re: Rescue floppys dont usually...
From: Day Brown (daybrown_at_hypertech.net)
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2003 18:02:51 -0800
Jerry Peters wrote:
> Look for RIP, which stands for Recovery Is Possible. It's about 12MB
> IIRC. It's an ISO image, and has partimage and parted on it along with
> alot of other useful programs. I've used it to swap the disk drive on
> a laptop, including copying & restoring & resizing Win98 along with
shows a very impressive product. 21 meg for RIP, 25 meg with BSD.
As a rescue system, it looks like the best bet to get personal data off
a trashed OS.
Very powerful, with many options to handle any situation.
But I didnt see xwindows, and while I can get by with Lynx, a win user
would only use it long enough to get an os working that had a gui
browser. If what we want, is the windoz users of the world to switch to
linux, (which is a moot point) RIP would do it- if it had Mozilla or
Opera. IIRC, it can safely repartion the drive to copy user data to, or
perhaps burn the personal data on a CD.
But after that, it needs to reformat the NTFS to ext2, and install the
gui to get them back online *in a way they are familiar with*. But if
it's got a winmodem... the Linux service geek better bring a real modem.
RIP even includes a floppy boot with tools, (like MC!) to make space to
copy personal data files. Says it was designed for the stand alone home
pc... which is a sign of the thoughtful way this was assembled. Too many
of the distros I've seen dont even have MC, and while they may be
elegant tools for the sysad of a network, they suck as personal
The readme files for instance, dont remind windoz users, that upPer and
Lower are different from upper and lower; FDISK works for dos/win users
at the CLI.
Although, I am not averse to the idea that there might be enough Linux
users already in the base, who are more likely a little smarter, that we
can get by whether win users ever get it not. We have enough fools among
I, for instance, had not considered the utility of a special CDROM boot,
which would innately be immune from damage from sabotage software. And
designed properly, I can see where all it would need to do, is boot far
enough to do the checksums on the kernel on the HD, and if OK jump to
the faster bootup from there. And if not, booting from the CD and
letting you know that something has been mucking with your system.
But Hey- RIP looks really useful. thanx.
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