Is there a live linux distro that can write to a hard drive?

Does anyone know of a linux distro that you can run off of a CD and also write to the hard drive on the computer? I have used knoppix before but the version I used couldn’t write to the hard drive on the desktop.

3 Responses to Is there a live linux distro that can write to a hard drive?

  1. Yes.
    SliTaz Linux does that.
    Altough, everytime you exit the session, you will have to tpye in (in a terminal) tazusb writefs (compression if wanted)

    I used to own one.

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  2. All Linux distros can write to the Hard Disk. NTFS/ FAT support may or may not be included by default.

    I think you tried to write to your windows partition without NTFS/FAT support?

    Ubuntu, Mint, SUSE all major distros can read and write to windows partition by default.

    I used to own one.

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  3. You can write to the hard drive using any live CD distro.
    1. Find out where the respective hard drive gets automounted. Open the drive and check the address bar of Konqueror if using KDE or location bar if using Nautilus. The address bar will show something like /media/harddisk1 etc.
    2. Open Konsole or Terminal.
    3. Type su – root and enter the root password (usually live CDs won’t have a root password.)
    4. At the # prompt, type ‘umount -v /media/harddisk’
    5. Again at the # prompt, type ‘mount -vw /dev/hda1 /media/harddisk1′
    6. You should be able to open ‘/media/harddisk1′ in any filemanager and be able to write to it.

    IF THE DRIVE YOU ARE WRITING TO USES NTFS FILESYSTEM, DO THE FOLLOWING:

    Make sure you have NTFS Progs installed.

    Instead of step 5 shown above, do the following:
    At the # prompt, type ‘ntfs-3g /dev/hda1 /mnt’

    Now the NTFS Partition mounted at /mnt should be writable.

    Please note: /dev/hda1 is one representation of the hard drive. hda is the naming convention used for IDE drives. So /dev/hda1 represents first partition of 1st hard drive. /dev/hdb3 represents 3rd partition of 2nd hard drive (‘b’) and so on.
    If you have a SCSI or SATA drive, the naming convention would be ‘/dev/sda’ with the same numbering scheme.

    I used to own one.

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