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Use a LiveCD to get files off of a windows machine

Postby mjrwingnut on Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:31 pm

I need some advice. I need to copy some files off of a laptop (Vista) onto a usb thumb drive. I heard I can boot via a live cd.

My question is how to I access that hd on the laptop?

Thanks for the advice.
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Re: Use a LiveCD to get files off of a windows machine

Postby merlwiz79 on Thu Feb 26, 2009 4:41 pm

Open terminal and run these:
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sudo mkdir /media/vista
sudo mount /dev/sda1 /media/vista

Open the File manager and go to /media/vista
Now you can plug in the thumb drive and copy the files.
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Re: Use a LiveCD to get files off of a windows machine

Postby EKMA on Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:22 pm

question...why don't you boot up the Vista machine and transfer the files over to a jumpdrive and then move the jumpdrive to your Mint OS?
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Re: Use a LiveCD to get files off of a windows machine

Postby Fred on Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:02 pm

EKMA,

First, what is wrong with the way merlwiz79 suggested? The user asked about using a live cd and merlwiz79 is a Linux user, so why not a Linux solution? :-)

Also, what if the user wanted to move some system files or other files that are in use when Windows is running. We really don't know what the thread starter's purpose is here.

What if the thread starter doesn't have the Windows drivers for the thumb drive? In Linux they are probably already there.

Just playing devil's advocate a little bit. :-)

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Re: Use a LiveCD to get files off of a windows machine

Postby altair4 on Thu Feb 26, 2009 6:36 pm

Well if we're going to have a fight over this mind if I join in :)

Boot into the LiveCD
Double click the icon labeled "Computer"
Nautilus will open up and at the far left panel will be a list of all the partitions on the computer. You may not recognize the names ( it may be listed as 30GB Media for example ) but if you click on it you will see your Windows files.
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Re: Use a LiveCD to get files off of a windows machine

Postby EKMA on Thu Feb 26, 2009 10:39 pm

Fred wrote:EKMA,

First, what is wrong with the way merlwiz79 suggested? The user asked about using a live cd and merlwiz79 is a Linux user, so why not a Linux solution? :-)

Also, what if the user wanted to move some system files or other files that are in use when Windows is running. We really don't know what the thread starter's purpose is here.

What if the thread starter doesn't have the Windows drivers for the thumb drive? In Linux they are probably already there.

Just playing devil's advocate a little bit. :-)

Fred


Fred,

merlwiz79 gave a working solution (merlwiz79...I hope I didn't offend you) ...and...I don't have a problem with you playing devil's advocate...lol...I"m not gonna let you bait me though...haha...I think :mrgreen: you may have wondered the same thing I did though........................ :twisted:
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Re: Use a LiveCD to get files off of a windows machine

Postby Fred on Thu Feb 26, 2009 11:33 pm

LoL... I am such a terrible person, but I can't help it. The devil makes me do it! :-)

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Re: Use a LiveCD to get files off of a windows machine

Postby mjrwingnut on Fri Feb 27, 2009 1:22 am

I can't the laptop because the OS is currupted and crashes during boot.
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Re: Use a LiveCD to get files off of a windows machine

Postby jacjar1 on Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:01 am

mjrwingnut wrote:I can't the laptop because the OS is currupted and crashes during boot.


Vista corrupted...i cant believe that!!...LOL :shock: :lol:
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Re: Use a LiveCD to get files off of a windows machine

Postby EKMA on Fri Feb 27, 2009 2:54 pm

ouch...that's just another reason to do periodic backups....especially with electronics with moving parts....

Definition: Moving parts - people (aka: loose nuts)...
Sentence: The moving parts on my computer kept installing crapware and corrupted the file system. I guess the manufacturer should make them so there can only be one loose nut on it at a time...LOL
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Re: Use a LiveCD to get files off of a windows machine

Postby merlwiz79 on Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:28 pm

mjrwingnut wrote:I can't the laptop because the OS is currupted and crashes during boot.
You could try booting the vista dvd into the recovery console and running any of these.
chkdsk C: /f (chkdsk tries to fix any errors it finds.)
chkdsk C: /r (chkdsk tries to attempt to recover any bad sectors of the hard drive if any are found.)
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