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[SLUG] Using a Linux live CD to recover a Windows installation DVD
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- Subject: [SLUG] Using a Linux live CD to recover a Windows installation DVD
- From: Kevin Shackleton <kevins@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 31 Oct 2009 06:00:31 +0800
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I have someone's PC with a fairly corrupt Windows setup - drops to BSOD
after just a few seconds. BSOD does not stay up long enough to read.
System runs fine with Ubuntu live boot (I initially suspected a hardware
problem like the power supply or CPU cooling).
Of course these poor mortals didn't create a system setup / recovery DVD
with their new machine. And I don't see them as handling anything but
XP. The good news though is that using the live CD I see it there's a 6
GB sda1 FAT32 partition with the 'hidden' flag set. The contents of
this partition seem to be exactly a Windows setup DVD of 3.70 GB.
Question is - what do I do to recover the setup partition? A couple of
options are to either set up the partition as not-hidden and bootable,
and set up a boot loader so I can pick this partition to boot from, or
else to write the contents of this partition to a bootable DVD, even
though there's presently a live CD in the optical drive. (I could make a
USB 'live CD').
I looked in the sda2 ntfs volume and could not see a Windows utility to
do this job. It's a NEC Powermate. Thre is a NEC Utilities folder but
(of course having access to the recovery option in Windows is no
assurance of achieving a stable system some time in the future!)
I've done a bit of googling for some hints without success. Any ideas?