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A portable bootable version?

What I have been doing for some time now is installing linux on my tech machine at work, plugging in devices and transferring data with dd_rescue.

What I need now is a version of linux that I can install on a laptop sata hard drive and be able to plug it into any machine to transfer data off of raids which wont work in my tech machine.

Example and problem:

I've got a DELL pci raid card with 3 striped 80 gig sata hard drives in it. The motherboard that it was installed on went bad. I need to be able to get the data off the drives and onto another hard drive. I believe this is possible because the 3 drives show up as 1 150ish gig hard drive when I boot to the linux mint, fedora, and ubuntu live cds. What the problem is is when I try to get the computer to boot off my fully updated and installed linux hard drive it wont mount the file system. /root/dev/sdb. The only thing it does is "crash" to busybox (which I am beginning to hate seeing.)

Does anyone know if I can install puppylinux, or DSL or another flavor of linux on a laptop hard drive that I can plug into almost ANY system, boot it, and use dd_rescue?

I'd just keep using mint, but for some reason it wont boot. Which is quite surprising to me
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The gentoo minimal live CD's are quite useful and have lots of drivers these days. They boot you directly to a BASH prompt. They don't come with dd_rescue, but 'dd conv=noerror,sync if=/dev/input-drive of=/dev/output-drive' ought to do the trick.

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