[tpm] Data retrieval

Mike Ashton Mashton at 4All.com
Fri Aug 13 12:56:58 PDT 2010

If the drive is readable, and the drive is still in the unit, the first 
thing I would attempt would be to boot the laptop with a copy of Knoppix 
and see if you can mount the drive and access the data ( read only ). If 
you can, use ftp, samba or a usb thumb drive/usb hard drive to grab a 
copy of the data.

If that fails or the laptop is the actual issue you'll need a drive 
interface ( I do have one, but I'm up in Brampton ), also Tiger sells a 
USB - ATA enclosure for 12.99 ( 

If you can't read the drive then the next thing to do is make an image 
of the drive and work on the image to see if you can repair it. Besides 
Knoppix there is  the bootable cd's from www.sysresccd.org or for 
windows is a bootable live XP or dos tool called Hiren's BootCD ( 
http://www.hiren.info/pages/bootcd ).

If that fails then the next option is to try SpinRite to repair the 
drive. If that fails your SOL or looking at taking it to Critical Data 
Recovery, but that is not cheap! Last time I sent a drive it was 1400 
for the recovery.

Hope this helps,


On 08/13/2010 3:19 PM, arocker at vex.net wrote:
> I want to pull some data off a Linux filesystem on a 40GB IDE ATA-100 2.5"
> laptop drive. (Assuming that the drive wasn't the cause of its host's
> sudden loss of function.)
> Before I try to hunt down an external case/adaptor, does anybody have such
> a thing lying around, or know of another way of making it talk? I'd rather
> buy someone a beer for a one-shot extraction than have the find the
> hardware and have it gather dust afterwards.
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