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Need help on rescuing data from PATA via USBboot

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by dJabba, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. dJabba

    dJabba eTeknix Staff Forum Mod

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    Hi everyone

    So the other day my dad brought me his main PC from his company (self employed) cause it wouldn't start anymore .. very old laptop that has gone the way of the dodo. It was shut down properly but just won't start again

    That's not so big a problem in itself, I got some spare hardware around and I'm setting him up a new system - the trouble is rescuing the data from the old drive.

    It's a laptop drive, PATA .. so different connector and I don't have an adapter. However I do have an old notebook around myself the uses PATA HDDs, only trouble .. it only has 1 slot for it.

    So been thinking forward and back how to save his files the best way(office documents and preferable outlook inbox somehow) from this old drive. Then I got the idea, hey .. I can just install some USB drive with some linux distro, boot from that and it's no longer a problem with just one HDD bay.

    Next problem .. what is the best to pick. I plan on then copying all the data off the HDD onto another USB stick then. I'm not sure about the file system on the HDD, but since it ran WinXP I assume it's either NTFS or FAT.

    I'm not good with linux .. got very basic knowledge but learning and got a couple rigs setup where I want to learn more, but not come around to it yet ... so assume I'm a total moron in this case :D

    Anyone maybe got an other idea? I appreciate all input here. I've warned him for years this could happen, but parents rarely listen to their kids till it's to late :D
     
  2. dJabba

    dJabba eTeknix Staff Forum Mod

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    nevermind, I just ordered a "... to USB" adapter of eBay .. easiest way :)
     
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    Linux Mint Cinnamon is quite a full featured and intuitive distro that you can run from dvd to get a feel for but the adapter will be easier for a one time fix
     
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    dJabba eTeknix Staff Forum Mod

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    thanks grumpydaddy, good to know for next time - sure I'll sit with the same problem again within a year as all this hardware he has is about same age (P4 single cores that were bought when they were the best)
     

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