Roommates computer running Vista just took a huge crap on him, cant get it to boot at all. There is no recovery partition like i was hoping to install a second OS to back up his files. He cannot find his vista cd, i guess i could download it and try to repair it that way, but I would rather just find a quick way to get the data and then put 7 on it. Im looking for the easiest idea in order to backup his files and then put 7 on it. Im thinking booting linux off of a cd? Its been a while since I messed with linux but i know my way around for the most part. I have access to external drives in order to back up (none are empty all are NTFS if that makes a difference) Anyone have any input on this? Or a better way to approach this?