help with the recovery of a head crash with a MS ntfs file system.

Johnneylee Rollins johnneylee.rollins at
Thu Feb 11 21:14:27 UTC 2010

On Thu, Feb 11, 2010 at 12:59 PM, Knapp <magick.crow at> wrote:
> Hello, I have a nice working Kubuntu install with lots of extra storage space.
> I also have my relatives laptop that has ALL their baby pictures that
> were never backed up!
> Their kid tossed the computer onto the floor and now the drive is dead
> with read errors and the MS recovery disk can't help.
> As I understand it the best think I can do is boot the computer with a
> live CD and copy the small HD over to my computer with the router. I
> have no clue about the best way to set this up on my computer. Any
> pointers on this basic one time use networking?
> Second question. What should I do to the laptop to get the most info
> off the drive? Gparted does see that the drive has ntfs and that there
> are errors. That is all that I can get. Should I try DDrecovery or
> what?
> I have never done anything like this before so don't be afraid to tell
> me all the stupid details and point to good links.
> Thanks!!

I would Dd the drive onto a image, then back that up and set the hard
drive itself aside. Then I would use the image to play around. Mount
it in a windows vm as a second disk, mount it in linux. Do whatever
you need, but do it to the dd'd image so you can keep the hard drive
around without ruining the info that is still on the disk.


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