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Using a Live Linux DVD (USB drive) to retrieve personal data

Posted 10-29-2019 at 06:50 AM by beachboy2
Updated 11-27-2019 at 05:18 AM by beachboy2

One way to retrieve personal data from a problematic hard drive or computer is to boot from a Live Linux DVD or USB drive.
I used Linux Mint 19.2 MATE 64-bit on a SanDisk USB drive.

Create bootable media:

Boot Linux Mint:

Immediately after booting the computer it is necessary to repeatedly tap a special Boot Menu key such as F1, F2, F10, F12 and then select, in this case, SanDisk USB.

The special boot key information is usually briefly written on the screen during the boot sequence.

After the automatic boot, “Start Linux Mint 19.2 MATE 64-bit” is highlighted.
Press Enter.

Please refer to the screenshot attachments.

NB Do NOT click on Install Linux Mint.

Double click on Computer (at the top left) OR File System, if Computer is not shown..

The various drives and their sizes are displayed. On the left hand side under Devices this information is repeated.

Double click on the icon for your main (probably the largest) hard drive.

Double click on username (in this case it is linux).

The various Documents, Downloads, Pictures, Music folders etc are displayed.

Connect an external USB hard drive (EHDD) of sufficient capacity to accommodate your personal data.

Copy and paste the whole Documents folder into the EHDD folder.

Repeat the above for the Downloads, Pictures and Music folders, bookmarks.html and any other personal data.
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