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Linux boot CD and RAID'd drives

Discussion in 'Linux and Unix' started by paulb100, Jan 27, 2011.

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  1. paulb100

    paulb100 Thread Starter

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    MODS: I hope this one doesnt get deleted, I didnt realise I was breaking the rules, sorry

    can anyone help me extract important photo files from a RAIDed pair of hard-drives before i wipe them clean to re-install the OS

    Ive tried KNOPPIX and my BIT-DEFENDER CD (which is also knoppix) but both fail stating "cant find file system" and I think its due to the fact the two drives are in RAID...

    I cant boot into the OS so need access to the RAID drives

    thanks
     
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    as we stated in the closed thread, about the only way to try it is puppy linux, and I'm pretty sure that puppy won't pick up the raid controller.
     
  3. paulb100

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    no probs, ive got the green light to just leave the photos but would have been nice to get them off
     
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    if you can leave them, nuke and pave. Try puppy, but I'm about 99% sure it's not going to pick up the raid controller.
     
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    Taking as given that Linux isn't coping, have you considered a Bart PE solution? Though I've never used it, I understand that you can slipstream in raid drivers while making a PE install. Lot of work though, so if the user is happy you might want to just nuke.

    The other thing that occurs to me is that if you did a quick format in the installation a file recovery program might still just get some of the photos back.
     
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    im unsure of the drivers - i think its motherboard RAID , the BIOS has no options other than RAID or AHCI and it says changing this will lose OS and need to be re-installed - its currently on RAID - the laptop is a Fujitsu Amilo XI3670 or sumit like that - im currently trying an UBUNTU 8 disk I have which allows you to try live and it got quite far but the screen has turned black after the log in music and nothing is happening.... i will look into BartPE
     
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    ...i tried again with UBUNTU 8 - this time i disabled the HYBRID GRAPHICS option in the BIOS as i thought that might be why it never came on screen as it has both onboard Intel 4500 or nVidia 310 ... its worked ..ubuntu is on BUT the volume keeps flashing onscreen.... i think its the volume touch slider on the laptop..no driver and causing it to come on constantly - this seems to be affecting the mouse click...i can click the two icons on desktop but when i click APPLICATIONS , PLACES or SYSTEM nothing happens?

    should i get a latest version of UBUNTU?

    a lot of things arent working... the windows wont move, right-click does nothing, ctrl+C doesnt copy - pretty much useless - i got to the photos thanks to a folder on desktop allowing me access and mounted my SDcard but copy /rightclick doesnt work bah!

    EDIT: managed to copy them by openening my drive full screen and the users folder partially open and dragging the pictures folder across... so managed to get them copied with a half functioning ubuntu..


    thanks for all your help guys :)
     
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