View Full Version : [ubuntu] [SOLVED] Recovering data from a broken install

August 24th, 2008, 03:17 AM
Hi, my laptop (which was/is running Ubuntu) is not loading anymore. It just hangs when the little orange status bar is loading on startup. I'm not too worried about getting the install back, as I plan on messing around with Debian on there. I do however want to get some data of the HDD. It has a few files on there that didn't make it into this Friday's backup. They represent about 4 hours work, so I don't really want to have to remake them.

Anyway, I can get into the LiveCD, but I can't work out how to actually acess the files on the HDD. I'm using the 8.04 32bit LiveCD, and I don't have the drive encrypted or anything crazy like that.

Thanks to anyone that can help.

August 24th, 2008, 03:20 AM
Here are instructions on how to mount your linux partition(s) from a LiveCD.


Hope this helps.

August 24th, 2008, 03:31 AM
Thank you, that's exactly what I was looking for.

August 24th, 2008, 03:36 AM
There's a great app called Test Disk which is in the repo's and also on some live CD's that are specifically for recovering broken partitions etc. It's dead easy to use and very effect.

Take a look at this site to choose which recovery CD you want to use with it.


This is the Test Disk Home Page.


Hope it helps.