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Use a Linux PC to re-install Win2000

Sometimes you can't access Win2000 on a hard drive, and you have to do a new fresh installation. There is the chance of data loss, and hanging as a slave is not a solution because Windows will format the drive. You could make a fresh copy, but that requires a lot of time spent formatting the whole disc for a new installation.

This is my solution:

Take a Linux PC and hang on the Win2000 drive as slave. Mount the drive, and -- voila -- you can make a backup with Linux, and burn it onto a CD-ROM. This is quick solution, because you can access the Win2000 drive immediately and then make a new brand installation after formatting the drive.


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This was first published in June 2002

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