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LINUX DILEMNA: WHERE TO FIND LINUX VERSION


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ok ppl heres hpw it is

i have a network se tp with XP< Xandros 3, and Xandros 2
i found an old hard drive and installed it
when loading from Xandros 3, startx was a no-go, but i could get to command prompt
so, logged in 2 my comp at prompt and searched for the newly installed HDD in

/disks

and i fund a "C" folder which was not there b4

i ws like i dont have a C?!! and it came to me it was the HDD i installed

so i look inside this "C" and found a Linux based file system

so itried booting to this HDD and it said no operating ssytem found
so then inserted old xandros Version 1 start up floppy
and it searched the new HDD for an Xandros iso image
which it did not find


so i am trying to recover it this drive and OS whatever Linux sytem it may be

any way to find out what Linux version it is? so i can rescue? ;) :tazz:

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Was the old drive set as slave or master when you found it? If it was slave it may not have had an OS on it.
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well it was master
umm
like i said i could get into the hard drive and view files
but i cant get it to boot. i guess there's no iso image

bc well
i can see /boot /root/usr/bin/shar
all linux /unix file folders
any way to see what operating system was on their?

i wanna try and get it to boot for fun
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Some Linux versions use a boot floppy. It's one of the many safeguards Linux uses, the boot floppy is the "key" that turns the system on. But other possibilites, you may have to change the OS selection in BIOS to get it to boot, on some machines Linux is "other". Linux doesn't always boot when you put the disk in another machine, I've found by experience. Also if it's a server disk it may fill up your memory in no time and your system may freeze.

An .iso file is just a bit for bit copy of a disk image and you can make an .iso from any disk, a cd-rom or a floppy. What you need is a bootable or active partition.
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