Re: Newbie, need to retieve data off ntfs drive. can Linux help?
From: WIZ (the_wizard_oz-no_at_spam.yahoo.com)
Date: Thu, 04 Dec 2003 21:18:10 +0100
On Thu, 04 Dec 2003 20:56:09 +0100, J.O. Aho wrote:
> Bryan wrote:
>> My notebook with win2k crashed, hard. I can't boot windows, can't repair
>> or reinstall, setup says the drive is corrupt. There a few megs of data
>> I would love to retrieve off the HD if I can. I have found a ntfs boot
>> disk with read access, viewed the drive and everything I want seems to
>> be there. The problem lies in moving it to a good HD. I plan to get a
>> 2.5" to 3.5" ide adaptor, but have to order one as I can't find a local
>> store that stocks them. So while I wait, can anyone suggest a linux (or
>> other method) of booting the machine to try to get at this data? I think
>> if I can get read/write access I can fix the windows problem enough to
>> boot, letting me transfer my data off and reformat to see if the drive
>> really is going. Or is there a "lite"/mini linux that runs off CD I can
>> run that might be able to use the built in network card. I would like
>> small because I would need to download off dialup; but don't mind
>> letting a download go all night, just don't think I can pull off a 600M+
>> size. Also I know almost nothing of how to run linux. I tried a version
>> in like 98, 99 (can't remember the version) and it's different than my
>> dos knowledge, so I could use a simple version, or one with quick
>> learning curve, I'm not computer illerate, just been MS bound for the
>> software needs I have.
> Take a look at knoppix, not sure if it supports ntfs.
Hmmz, any decent linux rescue cd ought to be able to get this data off
that disk. Problem is that in order to use them you need yr way around in
Have you tried to hook this disk up as a 2nd disk in a working windows
2000 or xp system to see if you can get to the data that way (that seems a
more familiar way for you to work I guess).