I want to recover Windows 7 from Linux and I don't have the Windows 7 CD or any previous back up files. Please tell me if there is a way to recover Windows 7 from Linux because I do not want to boot it from the beginning as I have important files and they are in one partition.
I had to recover some files from a notebook that had Vista but the drive had some problems (could no longer remap read errors). Fortunately it was just some drive meta data and windows files.
I was able to use the system recover live cd quite easily to recover this - just burn this to a CD and boot/run off that. You will need a USB drive, a second good disk in the same system, or a working network and another computer/NAS drive.
However, this will not get you back your Windows 7 operating system unless you can use fsarchiver (I was not able to as the NTFS volume could not be mounted with r/w mode because of the damage to the meta data). After you copy off the files you will need to reinstall.
In my case, we didn't have the Vista CD (I'm in Korea right now and the CD was left in the U.S.), so we had to buy a new OS and got Windows 7 (much more happy with that anyway).
You won't be able to fix Windows from Linux without a lot of work and research but rescuing your files will be easy. Boot a Linux Live CD then plug an external hard drive or USB flash drive in. You will need to find out which drive to use. Run
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Next you need to make a place to mount the Windows partition. Under Ubuntu LiveCDs,
Now you should be able to browse to the
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