Re: Boot to Grub Prompt
If you need to get files off the existing installation, there are quite a few options besides Samba. The methods I'm about to specify all begin with booting with an emergency disc such as an Ubuntu installation disc in "try it now" mode or Parted Magic. These methods include, but are by no means limited to:
- Copying files to a USB flash drive or external hard disk.
- Using SSH to transfer the files over the network. This is easiest if you've got another computer with an SSH server installed; you can then use scp from the system on which the files currently reside to do the transfer, as in "scp foo.txt email@example.com:" to copy the file foo.txt to the yourusername account on server.example.org. You can also do recursive copies (to transfer entire directory trees).
- Using NFS for a network transfer. This would work much like Samba, but depending on the emergency system, it might be easier to set up than Samba.
- Using FTP for a network transfer. There are many FTP servers, some of which are easier to set up than Samba, so this might be preferable in some cases.
- Doing local copies on the local disks. For instance, you could do just part of the reconfiguration (involving partitions that don't hold data you need to preserve), copy the data off of other partitions, finish the repartitioning, and move data back to where it belongs. Details would be highly idiosyncratic to your specific setup.
- Instead of starting from scratch, you could move/resize partitions so that they're properly aligned. OTOH, such operations are inherently risky, so if you've got valuable data, you really should back it up off the disk before you begin. In other words, this doesn't really solve the problem unless you're willing to risk losing the data.
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