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Linux Boot Disc

I have an old copy of Linux Mint (version 9) on a boot DVD that I occasionally use when a (Windows) computer will not start and I want to look at the hard drive and possibly copy files to a USB drive.  I'm wondering if I should update that to cope with newer hardware.  Is Mint still the best choice for this specific application? 
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Re: Linux Boot Disc

I have Mint 14 on a bootable usb stick, for similar operations... works well.... especially if you can get the wireless setting on the usb stick as well,... then if there are problems with the wifi, then it should still connect on the usb stick.
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Re: Linux Boot Disc

I normally use UBCD rather than a specific live CD - provides just about everything you need!!
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Re: Linux Boot Disc

Having just needed to sort out a duff hard drive on a Sony laptop I found this did the trick http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windows-vista/use-ubuntu-live-cd-to-backup-files-from-your-dead-windo... and seemed to do everything I needed
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Re: Linux Boot Disc

I've also successfully used an Ubuntu Live CD in similar situations.

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Re: Linux Boot Disc

Unless the hardware is newer than the distro then you don't really need to update the disk.
As long as you can get on-line you can usually get a driver, however Mint 9 is a bit out of date, you would be better updating the disk to Mint 17.2.
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Re: Linux Boot Disc

Why are you still using Windows if you have to rescue it with Linux?  Cheesy

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Re: Linux Boot Disc

Why do you have to continue trolling - the reason for the question was very clear
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Re: Linux Boot Disc

Quote from: vilefoxdemonofdoom
Why are you still using Windows if you have to rescue it with Linux?  Cheesy

This troll has been reported to moderators...... not that they will do anything.... but it would be a good idea if he desisted from trolling anyway...