Solved how to use knoppix to salvage files off non-booting Win7 PC

Dell Inspiron 1545 notebook
September 17, 2013 at 05:50:18
Specs: Windows 7, 4GB
Windows 7 cannot boot (not even in safe mode) and I have gigabytes of data I need to save before I do a full reinstall.

I found out about knoppix version 7.2 and purchased a dvd with it on but I haven't any idea how to use it or what I must do to save my files.

I don't have another computer handy or an external hard drive. I thought knoppix was something I would be able to install to my laptop and that I would be able to burn my stuff to dvd but I think to install knoppix I would have to create a partition and could make me lose all my files as well, what do I do?


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September 17, 2013 at 14:12:39
To elaborate on #3 & #4 above. I don't recommend trying the repair before copying your data. You may overwrite it. It would depend on how and where it is being stored.

Using Knoppix is pretty easy. Just boot to the DVD and follow the prompts. Be aware that you must have a place to copy the data to. Because Knoppix runs from your CD drive, unless you have more than one CD drive, you may not be able to copy to DVDR disks. I can't say because I never tried that. However, you should be able to copy the files to an external USB hard drive or a USB flash drive. Also, if you have more than one physical hard drive installed, you could copy to the second hard drive. Notice, I said COPY and not cut and paste.

Knoppix has a graphical interface very much like Windows. No typed commands required. When Knoppix first starts, it will ask if you want to use all the available hardware in you computer. Say yes. It will configure all the hardware to work as expected.

I assume you only paid $4 or $5 dollars for a burned DVD. Is that correct?



#1
September 17, 2013 at 06:09:56
Hi 31M4,

Do you have Windows 7 installation disk?

If yes, try repairing the operating system using the link mentioned below:

http://dell.to/15A1Bk1

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S
#iworkfordell


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#2
September 17, 2013 at 06:26:06
I only have the Windows Reinstallation disk that came with the laptop, it's not a full version but one provided by Dell.

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#3
September 17, 2013 at 07:13:34
Hi 31M4,

That disk will help you perform Windows repair installation. Please perform the steps on the link in my previous reply.

Thanks & Regards
Manshu S
#iworkfordell


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#4
September 17, 2013 at 07:47:30
I don't know why you had a buy a disk, Knoppix is free, as are most versions of Linux. And many of the other versions are much easier to work with.

http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=07933

Regardless, what you have is a "live DVD". You just boot off it & run Knoppix directly from the disk, it does NOT get installed to the HDD. Once you get into Knoppix, you can access the HDD (assuming it's not defective) & then copy your files to an external USB device (HDD, CD/DVD, or flash drive).


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September 17, 2013 at 14:12:39
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To elaborate on #3 & #4 above. I don't recommend trying the repair before copying your data. You may overwrite it. It would depend on how and where it is being stored.

Using Knoppix is pretty easy. Just boot to the DVD and follow the prompts. Be aware that you must have a place to copy the data to. Because Knoppix runs from your CD drive, unless you have more than one CD drive, you may not be able to copy to DVDR disks. I can't say because I never tried that. However, you should be able to copy the files to an external USB hard drive or a USB flash drive. Also, if you have more than one physical hard drive installed, you could copy to the second hard drive. Notice, I said COPY and not cut and paste.

Knoppix has a graphical interface very much like Windows. No typed commands required. When Knoppix first starts, it will ask if you want to use all the available hardware in you computer. Say yes. It will configure all the hardware to work as expected.

I assume you only paid $4 or $5 dollars for a burned DVD. Is that correct?


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