Windows crashed ? No recovery CD ? Need a backup ?
Couple of times my Windows XP has crashed, not going into the reason for the crash. Was finding it very difficult to recover my data from Windows XP. Worst part is no recovery disk, no restoration points in the system. My Safe boot stopped working and so on and so forth.
Finally ubuntu came to my rescue, Ubuntu 9.10 live CD can be used to load your windows FAT/FAT32/NTFS partitions by just running it from CD, no installation required. Recovered my data in an hours.
Download Ubuntu .iso version and write to a CD or USB. Follow this detail information for recovery.