Latest LQ Deal: Linux Power User Bundle
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Desktop
User Name
Linux - Desktop This forum is for the discussion of all Linux Software used in a desktop context.


  Search this Thread
Old 02-02-2013, 03:48 PM   #1
LQ Newbie
Registered: Feb 2013
Posts: 2

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Saving files from Linux disk to computer

Hey. I have a Linux disk which I can just pop into my computer, restart it, and I'll be able to use Ubuntu. However, everything I do on the disk (i.e. Downloads, history, etc.) is deleted as soon as I exit out of the disk. I was wondering if anyone knows how I can save files from the disk onto my computer. I want to download music, put it into a folder, and save the folder onto my computer so I have everything without needing to go on the disk and redownload everything. In the past I was able to do this, but I have forgottten how. If any one can tell me how to do this, it would be greatly appreciated.

Also, if this is the wrong place to post this thread, I apologise. I'm new here. Thanks in advance.

Last edited by rush776; 02-02-2013 at 03:51 PM.
Old 02-02-2013, 03:59 PM   #2
Senior Member
Registered: Dec 2009
Posts: 1,387

Rep: Reputation: 173Reputation: 173
how did you install your ubuntu?
if with unetbootin than it will hardly save anything
try installing ubuntu to hard disk noraml way
Old 02-02-2013, 04:10 PM   #3
LQ Newbie
Registered: Feb 2013
Posts: 2

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
@yooy: I actually didn't install it. A guy I know who fixes my computer every now and then gave the disk to me. And I know that I can save folders with downloads in it from the disk to my computer, since I have done it before. I just don't remember how.
Old 02-02-2013, 04:26 PM   #4
John VV
LQ Muse
Registered: Aug 2005
Location: A2 area Mi.
Posts: 17,169

Rep: Reputation: 2493Reputation: 2493Reputation: 2493Reputation: 2493Reputation: 2493Reputation: 2493Reputation: 2493Reputation: 2493Reputation: 2493Reputation: 2493Reputation: 2493
basically on a live cd / dvd you don't

now if you also have a usb thumb drive , formatted to a linux format ( ect4 ) .
you can save to the thumb drive

somethings you can save to the Microsoft windows NTFS formatted "C:\\ " drive


install the operating system to the computer

for that please see the install instructions on the ubuntu web site
the current is Ubuntu 12.10

if your "live" disk is not 12.10 please download the current one

then read the install instructions
Old 02-02-2013, 09:19 PM   #5
LQ Guru
Registered: Jan 2006
Location: Virginia, USA
Distribution: Slackware, Debian, Mageia, and whatever VMs I happen to be playing with
Posts: 12,495
Blog Entries: 16

Rep: Reputation: 3210Reputation: 3210Reputation: 3210Reputation: 3210Reputation: 3210Reputation: 3210Reputation: 3210Reputation: 3210Reputation: 3210Reputation: 3210Reputation: 3210
With a Live CD, you can mount a partition on the hard drive and save files to the appropriate directory on it, but it is cumbersome.

You can also create a "persistent" install on a thumb drive and that will allow you to save stuff, but your capacity to save stuff will be limited by the size of the thumb drive. This article gives one example how:

If you don't want to install Linux in a dual boot configuration, you may want to take a look at Wubi. It installs as a Windows program from within Windows; I've used it and it works quite nicely:

There's Mint equivalent to Wubi called Mint4Win, which I haven't used:


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
saving files on local disk in VIM/EMACS taking 5+ seconds hedpe Linux - Software 9 01-08-2008 04:19 PM
installing linux on a computer and use hard disk on another computer danrweki Linux - Newbie 8 11-16-2005 10:11 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Desktop

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:50 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration