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  • Recover files from Windows hard disk using Puppy Linux ByMargusSaluste

    1. DOWNLOADINGPUPPYLINUX2. CREATINGTHEPUPPYLINUXBOOTABLECDWITHCDBURNERXPOR

    WINDOWSDISCIMAGEBURNER3. CREATINGTHEPUPPYLINUXBOOTABLEUSBDRIVEWITH

    UNIVERSALUSBINSTALLER4. STARTINGPUPPYLINUXINLIVECDMODE5. MOUNTINGDRIVESANDPARTITIONSINPUPPYLINUX6. RUNNINGABASICDISKCHECKONPARTITIONSINPUPPYLINUX7. COPYINGYOURFILESTOEXTERNALHARDDISKORUSBFLASH

    DRIVEIfnothinghelpsyoutogetWindowsstartingandworkingproperlyandyoudonothavearecentorvalidbackup,youcanstillrecoveryourimportantfilesifyourcomputer'sharddriveisworkingfine.PleasenotethatPuppyLinuxcannothelpyouifyourharddiskisunreadableoritsfilesystemisbadlydamaged!Also,ifyourWindowsdriveisencryptedwithTrueCrypt,youmustuseitsRescueDisktodecryptitfirst.FilesencryptedwithWindowsEncryptingFileSystem(EFSakaNTFSencryption)cannotbecopied.Thereareseveraltoolsavailableforthejob,butwewillusePuppyLinux,becauseitdoesnotrequireyoutohavetheoriginalWindowsinstallationCD/DVDanditisarelativelysmalldownload(around133megabytes,comparedtoUltimateBootCD250+megabytesandrequiredWindowsXPProfessionalinstallationCD).PuppyLinuxhaslowsystemrequirementsandworksprettyfast.ForgetthecommonLinuxversusWindowsnonsense,thisisneverreallyrelevantbothWindowsandLinuxaregoodoperatingsystems.Fullstop.YouwillneedaCDwriterandaprogramcapableofwritingCDimages(ISOfiles)ifyouwanttobootfromCD.YoucanuseWindowsDiscImageBurnerincludedinWindows7and8/8.1orfreeCDBurnerXPforthistask.AsyourWindowscomputerisbroken,visitafriendofyoursandcreatethePuppyLinuxbootableCDthere.WithUniversalUSBInstaller,youcancreateabootableUSBflashdriveinstead.Thiswillprobablyworkfaster,butyoumustbesurethatyourPCsupportsbootingfromUSBdrives.Also,makesureyouhaveaUSBflashdriveorexternalharddrivethathasenoughfreespaceforthefilesyouwanttorecover.Ifthisarticleisofnohelp,tryusingthewww.winhelp.usDataRecoveryCD/USBthathastoolsforfixingseriousfilesystemerrors,duplicatingdisks,restoringdeletedfilesandpartitions,recoveringdatafromharddiskswithunreadableclustersandevenresettingWindowspasswords.

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    DOWNLOADING PUPPY LINUX OpenPuppyLinuxdownloadpageandfind"Downloadlatestversionfromibiblio.org".Clicklupu.isolink(forexample,"lupu528.iso").NotethattherearesomeotherPuppydistrosonthepage,butyouneedLucidPuppy(lupu),theUbuntucompatibleone.Alwaysmakesureyoustartdownloadingafilethatstartswith"lupu"!

    InWindowsXP,Vistaand7,clickOpeninInternetExplorerdownloaddialogifyouwanttocreateabootableCD.IfyouwanttocreateabootableUSBdrive,clickSaveinstead.InWindows8and8.1,clickSaveotherwisethedownloadedfilewillbemountedasanewvirtual

    CD/DVDdrive.IfyouselectedOpen,InternetExplorerSecuritydialogwillpopupinWindowsVistaand7afterthedownloadandwarnaboutopeningaprogramonyourcomputeroutsideProtectedMode.ClickAllow.

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  • Recover files from Windows hard disk using Puppy Linux ByMargusSaluste

    CREATING THE PUPPY LINUX BOOTABLE CD WITH CDBURNERXP OR WINDOWS DISC IMAGE BURNER CDBurnerXPopenswithBurnISOImagewindow.InsertablankCDorCDRWnow.ClicktochecktheVerifydataafterburningandFinalizediscboxes.ThenclickBurndisc.

    IfyouinsertedaCDRWwithsomefilesalreadywrittenonit,CDBurnerXPwillaskwhetheryouwanttoerasethewholedisccontentsornot.MakesureyoudonothaveanythingimportantonthediscandclickYes.

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  • Recover files from Windows hard disk using Puppy Linux ByMargusSaluste

    LeaveFastselectedandclickErase.

    CDBurnerXPislikeyourmomandwantstobesureyouwanttoerasethedisc.Ifyouwantto

    turnthe"mom"off,checktheNeveraskagainbox.ClickYes.Aftereraseiscomplete,CDBurnerXPwilltellyouaboutthis.ChecktheNevertellagainbox,ifyoudon'twanttheprogramtobelikeyourmomanymore.ClickOK.

    Thediscburningwillstart.Itwilltakeseveralminutesuntiltheburningiscomplete.CDBurnerXP

    willnotifyyouwith"Writingprocessissuccessfullycompleted"message.ClickOK.ClickClosetoexitCDBurnerXP.

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  • Recover files from Windows hard disk using Puppy Linux ByMargusSaluste

    InWindows7,WindowsDiscImageBurnerwillstart.InWindows8and8.1,openDownloadsfolder,rightclickthedownloaded.isofileandselectBurndiscimagefromthemenu.Inserta

    blankCDRorCDRWnow.TicktheVerifydiscafterburningcheckboxandthenclickBurn.IftrayofyourCDwriteropensandStatussays"Thereisnodiscinyourdiscburner",youshouldreallyinsertablankCDRorCDRW.ClickBurnin1015secondsafterinsertingthedisc(CDwriterneedstocheckthediscfirst).

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  • Recover files from Windows hard disk using Puppy Linux ByMargusSaluste

    Ifyougetthe"Pleasewaitwhilethediscburnerisgettingready"messageinStatusbox,wait

    around10secondsandclickBurnagain.TheCDwriterisjustnotreadyyet!IncaseyouinsertedaCDRWthatisnotblank,EraseDiscdialogwillopen.MakesurethatyouhavenotinsertedadiscwithimportantdataandthenclickYes.ThiswillerasealldataontheCDRWandthenburnthediscimage.

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  • Recover files from Windows hard disk using Puppy Linux ByMargusSaluste

    WindowsDiscImageBurnerwillthenerasethedisc(ifnecessary),writethefiles,finalizethediscandverifythewrittenimage.Thistakesseveralminutestocomplete.Aftereverythingiscomplete,yournewdiscwillbeejectedandStatusboxwilldisplay"Thediscimagehasbeensuccessfullyburnedtodisc".ExitWindowsDiscImageBurnerbyclicking

    Close.

    CREATING THE PUPPY LINUX BOOTABLE USB DRIVE WITH UNIVERSAL USB INSTALLER IfyourlaptopdoesnothaveaCD/DVDdrive,youshouldcreateabootableUSBversionofPuppyLinuxinstead.AfterdownloadingthePuppyLinuxISOfile,headtoUniversalUSBInstallerdownloadpageandclicktheblueDownloadbutton.

    Afterthedownloadiscomplete,connectablankUSBthumbdrive(allfilesonthedrivewillbeoverwritten!)andopentheprogram.LicenseAgreementwindowswillpopupfirst,clickIAgree.

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  • Recover files from Windows hard disk using Puppy Linux ByMargusSaluste

    IntheSetupyourSelectionsPagewindow,opencomboboxentitledStep1:SelectaLinuxDistributionfromthedropdowntoputonyourUSB,scrolldownandselectLucidPuppy.

    ThenclickBrowseontherightoftheStep2:Selectyourlupu*.isofield.

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  • Recover files from Windows hard disk using Puppy Linux ByMargusSaluste

    Locatethelupu.isofileyoudownloadedearlierandclickOpeninthedialog.ThenselectthedriveletteroftheUSBpendriveyouwanttouseforPuppyLinux.UsethecomboboxinStep3:SelectyourUSBFlashDriveLetterOnlyforthis.YoucanusekeyboardshortcutWINDOWSKEY+EtoopenWindowsExplorer(FileExplorerinWindows8)todoublecheckthatyou'llusethecorrectUSBdriveletter.TobeabsolutelysurethattheUSBdrivebootscorrectly,enabletheFormatDrive(ErasesContent)option.

    Finally,clickCreate.

    UniversalUSBInstallerthenwarnsthatitwillcloseallopenWindows/FileExplorerwindows,formattheselecteddriveandturnitintoabootablePuppyLinuxUSBdrive.ClickYestocontinue.

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    Theformattingandcreationprocesswilltakeafewminutesand7zipwindowwillpopupwhileextractingfilestotheUSBdrive.Aftereverything'sdone,clickCloseinInstallationComplete

    window.TheselectedUSBdriveisnowreadyforbootingintoPuppyLinux.

    STARTING PUPPY LINUX IN LIVE CD MODE MakesurethatyourcomputerisconfiguredtobootfromCDorUSBfirst,insertthePuppyLinuxbootableCDor

    USBdriveandrestartyourcomputer.RememberthatinLiveCDmodePuppyLinuxwillnotwritetoorchangeanythingonyourharddisk(s),soitisacompletelysafeoption.AfteryourcomputerbootsfromCDorUSB,you'llseePuppyLinuxbootoptionsscreen.Youdonotneedtodoanythinghereexceptwaitingfor5secondsforPuppyLinuxtostart.OryoucanpressENTERkeyonyourkeyboardtolaunchPuppyrightaway.

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    Ifyoudorunintotroublelater(screenisunreadableorblank,ornoharddisksdetected),rebootyourcomputerandpressF2keywhilethescreenaboveisdisplayed.First,trytypingpuppyacpi=noirqandpressingENTERtoseeifeverything'sworkingfineafterthis.Ifnot,rebootagain,pressF2keyandtypepuppyacpi=strictinstead.

    AfterthatPuppyLinuxwillloadessentialfiles,thatmighttakeseveralminutes.

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  • Recover files from Windows hard disk using Puppy Linux ByMargusSaluste

    ThenDesktopwithiconsappearsandPersonalizeSettingswindowopens.Asyoudonotneedhighresolutionforrecoveringfiles,justchooseyourkeyboardlayout(thedefaultisUS)andclickOK.

    Incaseyouchangedthelayout,testitoutbytypingsomecharactersandclickOKagain.SomeusersmightseeaSimpleNetworkSetupwindownext.Inmostcases,networkisnotrequiredandclickingtheXmarkontoprightofthewindowwill

    closeit.Ifyouneednetworking(forexample,youhavesomenetworkedstorage),clicketh0,wlan0orthenetworkinterfaceyouneed(drivernamesandconnectiontypesarelisted).Thepersonalizationpartisnowdone.Let'sgettowork!

    MOUNTING DRIVES AND PARTITIONS IN PUPPY LINUX

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  • Recover files from Windows hard disk using Puppy Linux ByMargusSaluste

    PuppyLinux5looksprettynice,despitebeingoptimizedforreasonableperformanceonoldermachines.OnequicknotetothosenotaccustomedtoLinuxmostitemsopenwithjustonemouseclick,notdoubleclick.BynowyoushouldhavenoticediconsonthebottomleftofDesktop,justabovethemenubutton.Theseareyourfloppy(FDD)drives,partitionsonlocalharddisksandCD/DVDdevice(s).Floppydisksstartwith"fd",partitions/volumesonlocalharddiskdrivesstartwith"sd"andCD/DVDdevicesstartwith"sr".Eachonehasapartitionnumber.ThisisthewayLinuxdistinguishesbetweendifferentdevicessoifyouhaveoneharddiskwithtwopartitions,theywouldbenamed"sda1"and"sda2""a"forthefirstphysicalharddiskand"1"and"2"forthepartitionsonit.Ifyouhavetwoharddisks,bothcontainingonepartition,theywouldbecalled"sda1"and"sdb1".Ifyouhavejustoneharddiskwithonepartition,therewillbeonlyoneicon

    "sda1".Toeasilydistinguishbetweendifferentharddisksandpartitions,hoveryourmouseoveraniconandcheckoutthepartition'sfilesystemtypeandsize.

    ManyWindowsVista,7and8/8.1installationshaveaspecialrecoverypartitionwit