Often when trying to recover a system, I need to look up some command for copying data to different devices. My 1337 skills are slacking these days, so I compiled a list of commands for data recovery and other commands that I will probably use in the future.
Read the blog entry using Knoppix here
Rescuing a non-booting Linux system
This is the most common scenario. Something goes haywire, and boom, no boot. No problem: boot up Knoppix and find all your local partitions nicely iconicized on the KDE desktop. (Or cruise the file tree to /mnt.) Click on the correct icon, and there are all your files. But they are wisely mounted read-only. Again, no problem: right-click the desktop icon to bring up a nice menu with a “Change read/write mode” option. This mounts the filesystem on the partition as read/write. Now you can edit any file.