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File Recovery from NTFS using liveCD.  Need guidance.

Elixir2
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Here's the story: I have a crashed/crashing win2k laptop hard drive.  It is not bootable and making wierd snapping noises.  There are client's business-critical documents on the drive.  Drive is under warranty, but data recovery is not.  I want to attempt to recover files before sending to the pros (could cost upwards of $2500, if we go that way.)

My idea is to use a linux liveCD to boot and then copy files (read-only) from the crashed win2k NTFS partition and copy files to a USB key drive.  

Of course, before I try it on the crashing hard drive (which could cause more damage, I know)... I want to try it on a working laptop -- mine.  So, I have a liveCD called BackTrack which works on my test machine.  You can see backtrack here: http://www.remote-exploit.org/index.php/BackTrack

Once in the linux xwindow desktop, or command line, I am getting access denied errors when trying to access both the ntfs hard drive and the usb key drive.  I have about five weeks of linux experience, so need all the help I can get mounting the ntfs with read only access and then copying windows office documents to a usb drive.

Can you help??
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