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    copying files and dirs in xp recovery console

    Afternoon all...

    i've just had to go into the recovery console of an optilpex GX520 that keeps rebooting and appears to also have a corrupt system registry

    basically i'm just trying to hook up a usb drive to get the files off the c: drive before i wipe the thing. i can see the contents of the c: drive fine but i can't use the copy command as it doesn't support use of wildcards and copying of dirs....there is no xcopy command available with the recovery console so i'm a bit stumped. There's no other way to access the contents of the hard drive. OS is screwed so not even so much as 'safe mode' so i'm using a winxp cd and recovery console to access the contents. But it's a bit pointless if all i can do is copy individual files.

    Any suggestions ?

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    Download a live CD like Knoppix or Ubuntu and copy everything to a USB drive.

    http://www.knoppix.org/

    http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

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    Or the ultimate boot cd - http://www.ubcd4win.com/ should allow you to boot into a cut down windows environment to copy stuff around, etc.

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    Or alternatively, extract the hard drive and install it in another system as a secondary drive. Then copy the required files

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Or alternatively, extract the hard drive and install it in another system as a secondary drive. Then copy the required files
    To be honest I usually have usb hard drive caddies for standard and laptop hard drives that need file recovering but a Bart disc is good for when on the move

    http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/download/

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    thankyou all for you're excellent suggestions;

    @michael - i thought i'd try you're suggestion first, unfortunately the rotters at Dell have only included one sata port on the gx520 mainboard of the second gx520 i was intending to use to recover the data, and i haven't got any spare machines with sata ports.... is it possible to get a one-to-many sata cable for hooking up two sata hard drives on the same channel. Or is sata strictly a one to one arrangement ?

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    You can only connect one SATA device per port/channel, there are no adapters. The easiest solution is to purchase an external enclosure like one of these.

    You can then connect it to any computer with a USB port and copy the data.

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