data recovery help?

John Summerfield debian at herakles.homelinux.org
Tue Jan 15 23:18:58 UTC 2008


Dave Stevens wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> I am using the recent F9 rawhide live CD to try to recover data from a 
> non-booting Windows XP laptop. The CD boots to a command line prompt and 
> won't run X. I don't much care. I made a new directory, /mnt/c, and 
> successfully mounted the NTFS drive, /dev/sda1 there. [BTW, the NTFS-3G 
> mounting correctly detected an unclean shutdown on the NTFS drive and 
> correctly set out the command to use if I wanted to force the mount. Some 
> nice work has been done there, this used to be like tooth-pulling.] 
> 
> The data is intact and my immediate job is to get it off the HD and on to a 
> working USB hard drive. I have the external drive plugged in and powered up 
> and I don't know what device driver to use to attempt to mount it. Anyone 
> know? (eg, /dev/usb0??? or what?)
> 
> Dave
> 

Do not mount the partition. Do use ntfsclone and its companions to copy 
the partition and then work on a copy of that.

Many times I've successfully copied Windows systems using those 
utilities. Google is your friend.

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Cheers
John

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