Linux being able to rescue your ailing Windows system before. This is accomplished through the use of a Linux Live CD. Simply take the Linux Live CD, pop it into the CD-ROM tray of your Windows system, reboot, and when the disk spins up, it will launch and run Linux. You then can get access to your Windows data files, save important documents and perhaps do some trouble shooting. in the very least, you'll be able to backup important office documents, emails, graphics, etc.
Well, this article, mentions the same thing, but takes it a bit further. The author details the very specific Linux Rescue CD called System Rescue. Its web site describes the Linux distro this way, "SystemRescueCd is a Linux system on a bootable CD-ROM for repairing your system and recovering your data after a crash. It aims to provide an easy way to carry out admin tasks on your computer, such as creating and editing the partitions of the hard disk. It contains a lot of system tools (parted, partimage, fstools, ...) and basic tools (editors, midnight commander, network tools). It is very easy to use: just boot the CDROM. The kernel supports most of the important file systems (ext2/ext3/ext4, reiserfs, reiser4, btrfs, xfs, jfs, vfat, ntfs, iso9660), as well as network filesystems (samba and nfs)."
If you're a Windows user then this is definitely worth the read.
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