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bootable file recovery program

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by inferlogic, Jan 25, 2011.

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  1. inferlogic

    inferlogic Thread Starter

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    Hi all,
    I have fears that my hard drive may have packed up and worried about my non backup files. Whilst I get my hard drive diagnosed I was wondering if anyone knew of a free bootable file recovery utility I could use to boot into and copy files from my hard drive onto removable media?

    Thanks for any help given

    Taz
     
  2. Ent

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    There are plenty of ways to do this. I would suggest trying a free Linux Live CD first, which works so long as the files are actually still there. There's an excellent guide on the topic here: http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/wind...backup-files-from-your-dead-windows-computer/

    However this relies upon the actual physical mechanism of the Hard disk still working. If it has truely packed in no alternative operating system will be able to read it, and you'd need a professional to recover your data.

    The third middling option of using a bootable undelete program I have no experience with so I can't make recommendations. I do know it's possible. That might work if the file table has corrupted for example (and Ubuntu can't read it), but the actual physical disk and drive are intact.
     
  3. inferlogic

    inferlogic Thread Starter

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    Hi Ent,
    Many thanks for your suggestions, the first thing I tried was unplugging the hard drive out of the machine and plugging itas a slave into another machine and managed to copy the files I need that way, I was surprised it worked!

    Thanks anyways
    Taz
     
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