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HOW TO RECOVER YOUR HARD DRIVE FILES USING A UBUNTU OS LIVE CD

I once had a problem of hard drive failure my system could not boot up. it just stop at the early booting stage with a black screen not even a blue one. After seeing this, and since my system was still under warranty I had to take it back to where I got it hoping they would replace it very easily but guess what I waited for a month and a half before I could get my hard drive replaced. But lost all the files in it.
Do you know why that happened?
I got to Dell office hoping to get my files recovered to the new hard drive,  but that was not the case  I was told to go and do that myself  and belief me you I could not do it coz I was too “rich” then and could not pay the amount demanded to recover my files  I had no choice than  to let it go. Anytime I remember how it all happened I will just put my head down in regrets.


Assuming I had this experience then I would have just borrowed a hard disk recover my files myself onto it and right now I wouldn’t have known that anything has even happened in the past.
To avoid my own pathetic story….. Hey!! Don’t pity me just follow the tutorial so that you won’t fall victim like I did who knows you might find yourself in my shows.
Live CD is a CD with an Operating system on completely independent on the hard drive for it to work. Because of its independence you should out “the reason why it can be used for recovery purpose when the install Operating system stops working or computer refuses to boot. Live CD is just like a bootable CD, Bootable USB and other storage device that can boot up a computer without involving the hard drive.
You might also be wondering how does Ubuntu comes in. Ubuntu is just an operating system just like any other since we have windows OS, Apple OS (Mac OS), there is also Ubuntu from Linux.
STEPS INVOLVED IN RECOVERING/RESCUING ETC. YOUR FILES

1.       Download Ubuntu at http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop/get-ubuntu/downloadhere you would select whether your computer is 32bit(x86) or 64bit.
2.       Get a blank CD I will advise you to get a rewritable CD (CD RW). Burn the Ubuntu download on the CD. Check how to “burn disk image”. This just like how to make a bootable disk also.
3.       After it has been burned. Insert a flash drive or external had disk and the burned Live CD in your crashed system.  If your computer prompts you, “DO YOU WANT TO BOOT FROM A CD?” allow it then Your computer will now begin to start Ubuntu. A screen will appear asking if you would like to “TRY UBUNTU” or “INSTALL IT”. Click “Try Ubuntu”.

                                     CLICK ON TRY UBUNTU

4.       Wait for Ubuntu to load.  From the bar at the top of the screen click “Places”. Inside the drop down menu that appears click “Computer”. A window will open with a list of your hard drives and other storage devices (flash drives, backup drives, CD drives etc) 
                                          LOCATE YOUR HARD DRIVE 
                                                         Double click on your Hard Drive.
5.    Having seen your hard drive you need to navigate to where your files are stored. This will depend on the version of Windows you have.
a.       For XP users: Double click “Documents and Settings” (Image 1). The next folder that you need to double click will be the same as your Windows username, in my case it was “Jake”. 
                LOOK FOR YOUR USERNAME
   You should now be able to see the folders that contain the majority of your data – “My Documents” and “Desktop”.
b.      For Vista/Windows 7/8 users:  Double click “Users”
You should now be able to see the folders that contain the majority of your data – “Documents”, “Pictures”, “Videos” and “Music”
                               CHECK AND DRAG YOUR FILES
6.       If you have not already inserted a USB drive, do so now.
Click “Places” from the bar at the top of the screen and inside the drop down menu that appears click “Computer”. This will open a new window with all of your storage devices. Double click on your flash drive. Now you can drag and drop your files and/or folders to your USB drive (from one window to the other). The easiest way is to drag the entire “My Documents” (XP) or “Documents” (Vista/7/8) to your flash drive, external drive or likes .
If you get an error in any of the following step just re-run again until you succeed.
By the end of this process you probably must have recovered almost all if not all of your files from your crashed hard drive.

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