assume I can not log in to the windows installation, (maybe) because of a system file corruption or failure.. however, I do log in to the system using the windows CD with R (repair) mode, that is the command line prompt.
Is there a way in that command prompt to copy the files that I want to an external hard drive, like flash drive?
the R-repair mode would only see the windows installation drive, that is c:\
what is your suggestions in that case? how would I at least back up the data files if I can't log in to windows?
(Once I copy and back up the crucial data to an external drive like USB, then I am planning to re-install windows)
I was in this situation a little while ago. I removed the C drive, installed another disk and reinstalled XP on the new disk. Then I mounted the old C drive as a D drive. The old drive was in bad shape from a hardware standpoint, but I was able to copy some files that I wanted from it.