Bootable USB drive recovery tools

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Bootable USB drive recovery tools

Postposted on Tue Jul 16, 2013 4:22 pm

I am working on a computer that needs some work done it, but without clean wipe without recovering a few copies of doctoral dissertation (already talked to them about multiple storage locations). A boot off of a Windows 7 disc into repair mode does not work, which is a new one for me, it hangs for hours. So, I want to make a USB drive that is bootable, and allows a user to work off a command line, find a few files, and copy them over to the USB drive. And then allow some disk fix tools to run to check for bad sectors, etc. I am not well versed in Linux at all (never had the need or desire), but I was excellent at DOS 3, 5, and 6.xx. What would be a good tool that I can load up to a USB drive and hopefully salvage this work.

If I still had my desktop, I would simply plop it into there, and work like that, but alas, I don't have that option.
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Re: Bootable USB drive recovery tools

Postposted on Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:25 pm

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Re: Bootable USB drive recovery tools

Postposted on Tue Jul 16, 2013 5:48 pm

TheEmrys wrote: I am not well versed in Linux at all (never had the need or desire), but I was excellent at DOS 3, 5, and 6.xx.

just remember DOS has the slashes the wrong way round :wink:

Seriously though you shouldn't need the command line to recover the documents, pretty much any live cd from a major distro should let you do that just using the gui. Checking the drive for errors would be a bit more tricky unless you just looked at the smart data for the drive which you can do with the "disks" utility in gnome distros (and ubuntu).
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