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May 14th, 2009, 11:39
I haven't had to try this myself but yes, I'm pretty sure it's created on a "virtual" disk in RAM. A Linux system won't function properly if it doesn't have anywhere to write, so live CD's do this kind of magic -- essentially they create a RAM disk on boot and then mount it to the points in the directory tree that need to be written.

If the disk is physically damaged, though, please be aware that just spinning it up is likely to make things worse; IOW, if the data on it is genuinely critical, don't do anything and ship it to DriveSavers or somebody like them.
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