I have a computer, which the internal hard disk is broken. Therefore, I thought that I could make an OS start from a LiveCD version. If it works, where is going to be saved the data I am gonna eventually produce ? I have of course to have at least an external hard drive (which of course is the case).
Can I do it? What are the advantages and the disadvantages? What can I do with this kind of accessing to an operating system?
Clonezilla runs off of some *nix distro and also offers a bit-by-bit imaging option (which is the one you want to use in this case). So as long as the systems BIOS can see the hard disks controller it will try to copy the data.
Want to see me start an argument? I have found that putting drives in the freezer for a few hours does help the recovery process often enough to justify the added effort and work time. I even go so far as to set dying drives underneath ice cube trays to keep them cooler as I try to pull data off.