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An ancedote for Linux on CD

Just thought I'd share something cool that I improvised on a recent tech support call.</p>

I recently did some computer work for a client that had major disk corruption causing Windows ME to fail to boot returning her to a DOS prompt. A full scandisk did not fix the problem. We needed to recover her personal data before doing a full wipe and restore.

I happened to have my 256mb USB flash drive and a Gentoo 1.4_rc4 boot disc. I suppose you could use any sort of USB storage device -- but anyways: I booted from the Gentoo disk, mounted her FAT32 partition, insmod'd usb-storage.o, mounted /dev/sda to /mnt/flash, tar -cjf MyDocuments.tar.bz2 /mnt/windows/My\ Documents/. I later went home and burned it all to CD for her.

The Gentoo Linux 1.4_rc4 basic ISO is only 18 MB (could be burned to one of those business card CD's) and contains a massive quantity of really helpful tools to use in this sort of situation. lspci is especially helpful for diagnosing hardware conflicts and the information provided by /proc is also invaluable.

Anyways, just another reason everyone should have Linux in their pocket.(tm)

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