Accessing files after update crash

Asked by John Aside on 2012-12-10

I updated my system from 10.04 to 12.04 I think, I'm not quite certain the previous version. But anyways the update was completely unsuccessful and crashed the entire OS essentially. I am able to log into ubuntu but not able to access any of the features really. No applications will launch or run and the mouse will not work. I'm not really concerned with recovering the OS, I am just going to wipe the partition and reinstall the newer version cleanly. I would however like to recover the files I had on there if it's possible. I just need access somehow to basic directories like to my pictures, documents, videos, etc. so I can copy them to a usb stick.

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N1ck 7h0m4d4k15 (nicktux) said : #1

Ok , thats easy to do .

Boot from a LiveCD/DVD/USB of Ubuntu (whatever you have) and "Try Ubuntu" , then open nautilus file manager.

Find your files and copy them to an external usb-stick

In case it not lets you , try to open the nautilus as root with below command in terminal

gksudo nautilus

search - find - copy .


Why do you not have a backup of your data? Imagine if the installer trashed the journal for some reason, where is your data?

Think about it......

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