I had a PC decide to not boot, and while it wasn’t a major component to the farm it was used by others and while I asked people to backup to an external drive, they weren’t. PC crashed and someone lost a lot of files.
Enter solution. I have no desire to resurrect this machine but it was a good idea to retrieve the data. So, using PenDriveLinux I built a bootable USB stick and voila, boot mount drive and copy to the external USB drive.
Check it out, PenDriveLinux, nothing easier. Download installer, get a USB stick, download Ubunto (or some .iso of your Linux distro of choice). Run installer, follow directions.. done.