"Mary, the daughter of a friend is in college: her Windows XP
laptop constantly reboots and, we suspect, has a bad hard drive.
The system will boot a live CD (Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala Desktop),
and data on the hard drive can be read. During boot, the live CD
identifies disk errors and tries unsuccessfully to repair them.
"Securing the information on the hard disk is priority #1. We
don't know what's wrong with the disk, so we need to make a backup
disk image before we attempt a repair. From a command prompt a
directory is created at /media/server on the laptop's live cd
environment to mount a drive share to back up the laptop hard
"The server has previously been configured with an NFS share,
but the live CD doesn't have the NFS client installed. Fortunately
the Ubuntu live CD can download and install programs from the apt