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How To Rescue Files Off a Broken Linux OS

    • 76 posts
    May 30, 2016 5:34 PM EDT
    This assumes that you have a working computer that you can use.
    1. Download a Linux OS and make a live USB with it. (I use Linux Lite)
    2. Boot up broken computer the Live USB (go to BIOS and make necessary adjustments)
    3. Make sure hard drive is mounted.
    4. Extract files off of hard drive and either email them or upload them to a server.
    • 2 posts
    May 30, 2016 8:55 PM EDT

    You can also use a second USB drive (thumb or external HD or whatever) to copy the files off locally. It is also possible in some cases to create a space for storing files on the Live USB drive itself.

    A Linux Live USB can be used for many purposes other than file recovery as well, such as forensics and changing files and settings you normally don't have permissions to. For instance, on a Windows machine, you can modify the SAM to change (or try to crack) Windows account passwords.