Can I use a linux boot disk to boot a windows computer and transfer my files to a usb hard drive?

February 7, 2011 – 7:18 pm

I have two windows laptops that won’t boot. It looks easy to get linux bootdisks for free online, but I’m not sure that I’ll be able to copy my windows files with them.

If this wont work, where can I get a windows bootdisk?

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  1. 3 Responses to “Can I use a linux boot disk to boot a windows computer and transfer my files to a usb hard drive?”

  2. There’s an OS that you can actually download and boot off of a cd which will also allow you to access your hard drives partitions. It’s something I recently came across too which is great for file recovery when windows messes up, just can’t think of the name of it. If someone else doesn’t help you resolve your problem, I’ll try to find the software at work on Friday.

    In the mean time, if you can find a friend who has a windows OS cd you can use to repair your installation, that should also work.

    Edit:

    Here’s the update I promised. The CD ROM bootable linux OS is called Knoppix.

    You can DL it here, http://www.knoppix.org/
    From what I’ve heard, you can use it to access windows partitions and drag/drop files to a flash drive etc. as a recovery method. I’ll be honest I haven’t actually tested it myself, but hopefully it helps you out some.

    By Justin on Feb 7, 2011

  3. Here is a link to a howto.
    Good luck

    By jerry t on Feb 7, 2011

  4. yes it is possible. use any Linux bootable disc like mandriva, ubuntu etc… and choose the option which says use without install.

    When connecting the USB hard drive, make sure you have properly ejected it from the windows plug and play screen ie safely remove the device or else the linux will show error in recognizing the disk.

    By Wizard on Feb 7, 2011

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