there's this xp box of my relative that has sort of died.
basically it had some sort of infection and when winxp booted up it just slow to a crawl. when booting up a livecd antivirus, it mentioned some sort of hdd issue, nonetheless it looked cleaned. however, it was still crawling speed, for example when attempting to access files in the hdd from a livecd.
apparently i screwed up some bootup files or some such after a few hard reset too many during/after the cleaning process when things just freezes. and it won't boot into xp anymore.
so my plan is to take another hdd, slap ubuntu on it as os, open up a new partition as data drive. then attempt to clone the dead hdd and then try to extract data from it. mainly just some old school photos or some such, i'm told.
never done this before.. does it sound reasonable? going to try Trinity Rescue Kit and see what happens.