Is there a distro that can force mount windows partitions from a gui?
I've just spent 2 hours on the phone talking a friend through recovering his data off a windows disk. I had him use Knoppix, since this automounts windows partitions, unlike some other distros.
However, even knoppix doesnt provide a way to force mount partitions from the gui file manager. I had to talk him through opening a root terminal, and dictating command line syntax to creating mount points and force mounting. This was a real pain as of course theres the inevitable miscommunication, mis-typing etc. It also gives the impression that linux is HARD - having to incant mystical command line strings EXACTLY.
Of course this all had to be done to recover the data off a crashed windows machine - since it crashed of course it didnt shutdown cleanly. I understand that most distos wont automatically force mount, but I would like a distro for data recovery that would allow easy force mounting. Eg right clicking a partition in the file manager gives the options to mount or unmount - ideally there would be a third option to force mount (or when the mount fails, offer to force mount, instead of just an error message).
Does anyone know of a liveCD that provides a GUI way to force mount? I'd really love to be able to provide such a disk to windows users who have their PC crash. It would really simplify things.
Thanks very much,