Bootable USB thumb drive or CompactFlas drive for data recovery on PC

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Has some practical experience using USB thumb drive (jump-drive) or CompactFlash drive for data recovery on PC? Real life situation: regular hard drive got failure (like bad blocks). Host's OS (Windows, Linux) can't boot. All other hardware is working properly and has network connectivity. The problem: need restore the data, which can be still access able on hard drive. Winch OS is more preferable for that sort of devices? Which hardware combination is better: CompactFlash on IDE bus or thumd-drive on USB port or any other options? Of course, I can use bootable floppy or CD with DOS or Linux but it is important to have an option to save the hundreds kilobytes of data on the flash/usb drive directly.

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I’m not sure I got your problem straight but if what you want is a bootable device that can be customized to meet your needs, you should try BartPE. Check www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

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You cannot actually use your flash drive or thumb drive to recover your lost data. The only way to recover your lost data is to use a data recovery software which has the ability to thoroughly scan the drive and recover data.

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  • Mlorusso
    I'm not sure I got your problem straight but if what you want is a bootable device that can be customized to meet your needs, you should try BartPE. Check www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/
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  • Smooth
    Great solution and very compact but suitable only for Windows environment :(. Does somebody know a solution, which is applicable to both platforms: Win and Linux?
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  • Jpagel
    my personal opinion would be to buy a USB flash stick, and use that as your backup with windows xp, because XP has drivers for basically every flash drive out there, from there you could copy your entire hard drive right within the OS to your flash drive, depending on how much you want to back up will depend on what to buy, i beleive they have 2-10 GB flash drives that you could use even as your hard drive, and going through USB would transfer data faster than IDE, unless you had a RAID setup or SATA...also USB is pretty known now on all motherboards that i see, and the usb flash stick is 1.1 and 2.0 compatible...
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  • Khavekost
    If I'm not mistaken - and I haven't actually tried this - I believe you could build a bootable CD using Linux, properly configured to read Windows partitions, and have data copied to a USB device. Another option would be a bootable USB hard drive with the above mentioned Linux OS that would let you copy files directly to the drive itself. That solution should work with both Windows and Linux devices.
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