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Linuxhelp _ Technical Support _ accessing data from linux drive with a windows laptop?

Posted by: sawdust Mar 8 2008, 06:34 PM

The power supply on my linux box is dead. I was using a Power Mac G4 running xbuntu. My other PC running xp also fried. I am left with a laptop running XP and a stack of hard drives with data that I want.

I have a serial to usb cable that I use to get data off the windows drives using my lap. Is there any way I can recover the data on the linux drives using this same set up?

Greatly appreciate any help with this. I'm in a bind and need a way to do this this weekend.

Posted by: sawdust Mar 8 2008, 07:32 PM

I'm hoping people don't confuse this with a Samba related problem. I just want to hook the linux drive into my laptops usb port and get the data. I thought maybe I could run a live Linux cd in the lap?

Any thoughts?

Posted by: michaelk Mar 9 2008, 09:28 AM

Sure you can run any LiveCD and be able to access your data assuming it has support for the drives file system. Make sure your using a recent LiveCD to have the
best NTFS write support if your intending to copy the data to your windows drive.

For ext2/3 you can run IFS for windows and be able to access your data directly from windows.

Posted by: arochester Mar 9 2008, 12:00 PM

I cannot guarantee that it will work, but try booting your laptop with a Linux LiveCD. Knoppix is maybe the best to recover data from windows. Have a look at or

Posted by: sawdust Mar 9 2008, 06:44 PM

Thanks. I couldn't get the IFS to work. I'm pretty sure my old file system was ext. 2. It saw the drive but no luck. But I ended up running Kubuntu live and no problems at all. I thought it was going to be harder than that.

Sigh, what a mess having all this computer equipment around and not being able to use it. I miss my old set up big time. Time to rebuild.

Thanks guys

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