Supergrub newbie here, please bear with. I have a Dell Precision 380 with XP (SP3) that glitched out, the OS startup aborts to a BSOD, by a kdcom.dll , perhaps a video driver that is hard to fix directly. (This may have been malware as it occurred after a Paltalk session where my anti-virus noticed stuff happening.)
Supergrub is on the system, and boots fine. However, I am not sure if it has any utilities that really match my direct need. If it can call a file manager program on a CD (or USB) then it would definitely help.
Later, I will probably try to use my Windows XP CDs to reinstall the XP OS, either a full format or a non-destructive. (I do have some early images, after the OS was reinstalled about 2-3 years ago, so I may try to go that route if I find that I have to format destruct. I would not mind that type of clean reinstall anyway, after saving the files.)
First, I would like to copy the files on the disk to a backup drive connected by USB. BART-PE and/or Win-PE is often used for this, but I know I once did it with a much simpler method using a rescue CD that actually had Free Commander. There seems to be complications in trying to go with BART-PE or WinPE, although this is supposed to be one of their strengths (late file backup).
I did load a few rescue CDs, UBCD 4 and 5 had a file manager named Volker, (and some others) and the Avast Rescue CD has Midnight Commander. All quite cryptic, and I would like to use something a little friendlier, Windows-savvy that is easy to copy to the USB drive. Although if you think one of those is really kewl, share away, I will try.
Can SuperGrub help me here ? Does it have any direct utilities I missed ? Or, can it point to a file manager on the CD and run a program ? If so, any recommendations how to accomplish this ? Remember, I can boot into all the SuperGrub stuff.
If not SuperGrub, and you have some good ideas, share away. My immediate goal is simply something I did a few years back, copy the drives to a file-by-file backup before playing with Windows. A few years ago I did it with FreeCommander, but I did not note what rescue CD had that tool (I even asked on the FC board about this, without response.)
Thanks for any assistance !