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Old 11-23-2006, 11:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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What OS would you recommend for someone who has a large number of workstations for the diagnosis of computer problems? There would mainly be swapping of hard drives to fix, recover, etc. data.

Any advice is appreciated.
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Err...Linux?

It all depends. Are these machines all in an Active Directory domain? Will they need to be able to access a wide range of filesystems (for Macs, PCs, even other systems)? Do you need a rock solid stable operating system?

In all of those cases but the first, Linux should be your choice. In the first case, you'd probably want to stick with Windows.
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Hi,

They will not need to access the internet, nor be networked. Possibly they would need to access HFS but the data recovery programs are set to handle that.

Most of the programs can run off of a floppy, some will need an install.
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Well...if the data recovery programs only run under Windows, then I guess that's your only choice.

If not, I'd still go Linux, because if for any reason those utilities should fail, Linux can access near anything.
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