Friday, July 20, 2012

Recover Windows Files Using Linux

A friend of mine recently corrupted some files on his Windows XP laptop.  The fix is fairly simple and can be handled by a Windows XP recovery CD.  Unfortunately one was not readily accessibly and he needed access to his files.

Since I run a few linux systems I thought I would try booting to a live CD and mounting his local drive from there.  It was a very simple process with lots of documentation all over the web.  I am posting the commands here because it was so useful that it was a must have post for my blog.

mkdir /mnt/mountpoint
mount /dev/sda? /mnt/mountpoint (you need to find the correct number of your partition here: use fdisk -l)
cd /mnt/mountpoint/home/username (puts you in your home directory)

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