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.