copy data when os won't start

July 20, 2009 at 14:55:29
Specs: Windows XP, q9300 @ 2.5
Hi! My Windows XP is down and won't start. I
need to copy data from hard drive to cd/dvd or
flash drive before I reformat and reinstall. How do I
do that? Thanks in advance!

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#1
July 20, 2009 at 15:05:23
Download "Puppy Linux Live CD" and create the CD on some other machine. On the defective machine you then set the CD drive ahead of the C drive (in BIOS). Pop in the Linux CD and boot to it.

Puppy Linux will then load from the CD only - it is very easy to use. Your HD files and Flash Drive will be accesible, ready to copy across.

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#2
July 20, 2009 at 15:06:01
... boot up with a "ubuntu" <<click "cd" (free) and it should see your usb + harddrive to "copy to and fro"


/edit... hi "Derek" you got here 1 minute before me!... hav'nt I been here b4? .. lol!


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#3
July 20, 2009 at 15:07:09
... oops we overlapped. Either will do.

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#4
July 20, 2009 at 15:16:20
thanks for quick responses!
so let me get it straight.

i download either ubuntu or Puppy Linux Live CD, burn it to cd
and use as start up disc on corrupted comp? and I don't have to
install the whole thing to copy the files to a flash drive?



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#5
July 20, 2009 at 15:21:03
... you can run Ubuntu straight off the cd ... and go on the internet ...email ....download blah blah.... if one wants to

... without installing it! ... just bootup with it!

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#6
July 20, 2009 at 15:22:52
oh and also I have a free agent usb drive - can that be used as bootable device by chance?

missed your post sorry - i see your point about ubuntu cd - it just takes too long to get it(6-10weeks), so i'm trying to figure out if i can burn it myself?


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#7
July 20, 2009 at 15:27:46
... ps .. you can download it from above link!


http://www.pendrivelinux.com/

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#8
July 20, 2009 at 15:32:23
Similarly Puppy Linux doesn't install, it runs straight from the CD.

Almost any Linux Live CD will do this but best to go for Puppy or Ubuntu because these are obviously known to be suitable for your purpose.

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#9
July 20, 2009 at 15:49:22
Derek, mavis007
thanks for your help guys

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#10
July 20, 2009 at 16:18:12
No sweat.

Once you've burnt the CD, all you need to do is find out how to access the drive with your stuff on it, then the flash drive.

If anything is not obvious there is plenty of help with Puppy or Ubuntu Live CD's out there.

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#11
July 20, 2009 at 22:05:43
i need further help with linux please. i finally loaded linux from
start up , it recognized free agent usb drive, but keeps saying it's
read only and won't move any data to that drive. can anyone
help?

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#12
July 21, 2009 at 00:13:44
... experiment a little on the properties(?) of that drive and alter the permissions to read and write

... its a matter of checking a box reopening the drive a couple of times

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#13
July 21, 2009 at 06:05:32
didn't change anything - just tried couple times and it worked.
thanks for your help!

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