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A friend of mine is having some massive problems with Windows XP and the operating system now won't start, he has in the region of 7,000 music tracks stored on his hard disk that I need to recover for him before I do a fresh install of windows. I've been reading on the internet that its possible to run a Live CD operating system directly from a CD or DVD and I was hoping that this is way to recover his files for him. Has anyone had any experience of using a Live CD operating system and could you recommend one and point me in the direction of a download site.

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ubcd4win it should have everything you need.
http://www.ubcd4win.com/downloads.htm
the only problem is that you have to use you're windows cd to make the iso

if you don't want to do that, just go with an ubuntu live CD
http://www.ubuntu.com/GetUbuntu/download
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ah I guess I pmed you a different kind of info on livecd, its what i use to get into my computer if my dad passwords my account like a jerk when he shouldn't even touch my pc in the first place. lol. but whatever works for you. i use ophcrack-livecd. i dunno if it will get the os to start up but it may if thats the case. but if not try ubcd4win like werd suggested.
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i use helix 3 to recover data. its a nice little liveCD w/ a lot of backtracking options on it. i'm using it right now on my bosses computer to try to recover a deleted email file. what i would recommend you do is get this CD, dump his entire hard drive onto another hard drive, and hack away at the hard drive that you dumped everything to.
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One of my favorites (and the one I keep around) is RIP (Recovery Is Possible).
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