backup the windows 7 datas using ubuntu

Posted on 2011-10-31
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My laptop ( lenovo T420 s) hardisk is dead.so i used ubuntu 11.10 live cd to boot my laptop.
Now i would like to retrive the datas from the harddisk, as i am not familiar with ubuntu, i need your help.
After restarting the laptop using live cd, i can see the file system, but i dont know how to access the users folder to retrieve the datas using live cd ?

If there are other ideas also that would be great.

( For information : I used a hdd reader to read this defected hard disk as a external drive, but it doesnt recognize )

could anyone help me?

Question by:kriiis
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rindi earned 200 total points
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I'd probably rather use the PartedMagic LiveCD than Ubuntu to do this. First it is better suited and also easier to use, and it is much smaller.


Once booted, there is a "Mount" Icon right next to the "Start" Menu. Press that and you'll see a list of all available partitions. Then click on the "Mount" button of the partition that holds your data, and also click on the "Mount" button for the partition of the drive you want to copy the data to. A filemanager for each of the partitions should then open and then you can browse to the folder where your files are located in copy them to the location you want.

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Thnx rindi,

I tried your option, i booted my laptop using partedmagic, but when i click on Mount icon, i can able to see only my cd drive and usb drive. Not my hard disk.
That means my hard disk is not detected ?

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rindi earned 200 total points
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Correct. Is the disk shown in the BIOS? If not, your only hope for recovering the data is using a professional recovery agency like Gillware:


If the disk is seen in the BIOS, then use the HD manufacturer's diagnostic utility, and let it run it's full test run. If it finds errors it can fix, it'll offer to do so, and then you can accept that. After that you can try accessing the data again (in some cases you might even be able to start into windows again if you first run a chkdsk /x on the partitions on that disk). You'll find the manufacturer's diagnostic utilities on the UBCD:


If that still doesn't help you can try using the HD Regenerator. It is a very good tool and can revive an HD, but it isn't free (with the trial version you can only recover from 1 error, but it should show you if it might be of use):


But again, all this will only work if the disk is visible to the BIOS. If it isn't it is truly dead.

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ID: 37061934
Ok thnkx rindi, i will try these options and let you know....

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Actually the HDD is dead, i downloaded the Drive Fitness Test software from ultimatebootcd..and checked the status, i doesnt find the HDD after test.

It was really helpfull your post..

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