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Best linux distro for system rescue.

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I'm currently working in a minor I.T. position at work. Could i get some suggestions for the best linux distro for either rescuing a windows system or at least recovering files? One with very wide compatibility range would suit best, as all the pc's in the offices are not uniform.
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I don't think that linux will rescue windows for you - the windows install disk would probably be your best resource there.

Any linux distro will be able to read NTFS for you to allow you to save files. I've heard that knoppix has a good amount of utilities for rescue on it, although I'm not sure exactly what. Just dl the live cd
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I just boot off the Ubuntu Live CD to recover my files. Either putting the files on another HD, flash drive, or just creating a new partition for my recovered files.
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post #5 of 9
Another vote for Knoppix, great tool for partitioning/recovering and such.
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try systemrescuecd
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For system rescue I use this most of the time:
Ultimate Boot CD -> They have a version for USB sticks as well.

But as people said, Ubuntu or Knoppix work if you want a nice looking GUI in most cases.
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post #8 of 9
Although it might look childish, one of the best Linux Distro I found for recovering files has to be Puppy Linux. It boots off of ram thus your optical drive is free to burn DVDs to archive your files. Please look into it:

http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/
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+1 for Ubuntu Live CD
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