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Old 12-07-2009, 06:26 AM   #1
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Recovery from Acer Aspire One with Linpus


I have been asked to try to recover documents from an Acer Aspire One. It has Linpus Linux on it and will only boot to a black screen with a movable mouse pointer. If I press control c during bootup I get a command prompt (user@localhost¬) I can dir and see dcuments etc. but do not know any way to copy them on to a flash drive or network. Acer are no help (use the recovery CD). Any help you can give me to recover this important data would be greatly appreciated.

Old 12-07-2009, 11:06 AM   #2
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I'm not familiar with Linpus Linux but it sounds like you are not getting to the X desktop. How much data are you looking to recover?

If you have a USB drive insert it and see if it gets mounted using the command
df -k
On ubuntu mine shows up under /media/disk-1. If the USB drive shows up you could copy everything in the user's home directory to the drive using
cp -pr /home/<USERNAME> <USB drive>
In my case it would be
cp -pr /home/user1 /media/disk-1
Obviously you would need a USB drive with enough free space.
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If you make a Live linux bootable usb or cd (if supported) you can boot to a similar linux screen and use the gui if you can't get the command line to work.
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Thanks everyone. I made a bootable Unbuntu flash drive, booted and copied everything to my Windows network - simple!

Thanks again.


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