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 Post subject: xp activation lock-out how can i recover files?
PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2004 11:26 pm 
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ok im locked out of xp pro and would like to retrieve about 70gigs from a 160 gig drive.
my only means of using the computer is on the bootable knoppix cd it could not recognize the c or d drives .
i have a dvd burner but im not sure if it is being recognized(does not showup while using knoppix)
and i can not find all the files i have. just some showup.why some not all i dont know.
the installation of xp was in ntfs im sure thats important.
this is my first experience with linux and im really not sure what im doing wrong but i have to retrieve some home movies and pictures i took.

i was told to install xp on another drive or partition (is this even possible?)

***understanding the rules of this board i am not soliciting activation workarounds just data retrieval.***

any help will be appreciated if i left out any info that is necc. i will be more than happy to elaborate.


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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2004 6:45 am 
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The easiest way to retrieve your data would be to slave your HDD to another NTFS system


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 Post subject: Re: xp activation lock-out how can i recover files?
PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2004 8:20 am 
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philo2g wrote:
the installation of xp was in ntfs im sure thats important.


It is. That is the root of your problem (no pun intended). Linux has a great deal of trouble reading NTFS ... it was only with the last kernel revision that this became possible for an average user. The chances are pretty good that your knoppix CD doesn't have the latest kernel, so recovering files from NTFS (and burning DVDs) are probably not possible using that method.

philo2g wrote:
this is my first experience with linux and im really not sure what im doing wrong but i have to retrieve some home movies and pictures i took.


Well, don't despair! :) As Adam1130 pointed out, the easiest way to recover those files is to pull the hard drive and put it in another PC that is running Win2K or XP. If that isn't possible, we can try to find a LiveCD (a bootable linux CD such as Knoppix) that can read NTFS and burn DVDs ... but this may not be possible.

philo2g wrote:
i was told to install xp on another drive or partition (is this even possible?)


It might. In fact, if you had a registered copy of XP, you might be able to repair / reactivate the OS. If you don't, I think you might be hosed. I'm fairly sure that MS wouldn't let someone reinstall a trial copy on top of a trial copy. I'm not sure about that, though.

philo2g wrote:
***understanding the rules of this board i am not soliciting activation workarounds just data retrieval.***


Understood. :) In your case, one might consider using a registered copy sans net access long enough to boot your PC, backup your data, and then format the drive. This is skirting the edges of the law, I guess, but you aren't intending to pirate the software ... just recover your data and then destroy the install.


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 Post subject: thanks both to adam and jipstyle for your replies.
PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2004 4:26 pm 
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i will first try the easiest which i think is to install xp into a second drive and slave my original drive.

if that doesnt work i will attempt to find a more up to date live linux cd wich might have ntfs capabilities thanks for that tip i was not aware of that limitation with knoppix.

thanks both to adam and jipstyle for your replies.


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No problem, philo ... keep us up to date. :D


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 Post subject: Re: xp activation lock-out how can i recover files?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2004 8:22 am 
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philo2g wrote:
ok im locked out of xp pro and would like to retrieve about 70gigs from a 160 gig drive.


Do you have another computer you can hook it up to? If it has 2000 or XP on it, then you'll be able to read that Hard disk.

If it's older, like 98, you can still transfer the data over the network. But 70GB will take some time.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 05, 2004 8:51 am 
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Jipstyle wrote:
No problem, philo ... keep us up to date. :D


Hi Jip

I have a knoppix install dual boot system. It reads from the NTFS ok. Just don't write to one (it will - but it will hose it). I can move files from NTFS to a ext3 (or what ever it is called) part with no problems so far.

I am not saying this is safe - just that it has not been a problem for me so far. Since knoppiz will mount zips, you could move data there.

If I get a chance I will try it and see how well it works.

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