Situation: My old CPU doesn't work. It starts up normally, initially, then it never reaches the loading page - it just stays blank. Apparently my hard disk is dying, so I can't even reach the login page. There is no hard disk activity indicated by that small blinking light. This alone would be simple enough if I could just send it to a tech store, BUT there are documents I need to get from my hard disk in less than a week's time. Knowing the way things run here, by the time I get my computer back from the store, it'd definitely be too late.
So, I was wondering if there was any way for me to just extract the data myself? Any programs I can burn onto CDs and run on the CPU or some sort of way I can start a transfer without logging in to any account? If it comes to it I'll have to send it for repair, but that means rewriting a whole lot of stuff from scratch. I have no back-ups, no soft copies or hard copies. Help?
If somehow, someone has managed to find another thread answering this problem, then I'd appreciate it a lot if I were directed to that thread, in which case I apologize for starting this one.
There are so many ways to do this. Here's one:
Basically, download and burn KNOPPIX (live linux CD/DVD), boot the disc, look on the desktop for the hard drives, find your files, plug in a USB flash drive, and drag your files onto the USB flash drive.
That's assuming there's nothing much wrong with your hard drive (just the OS got screwed).
Thank you thank you thank you. Now I've just gotta try it. Dunno if my hard disk's well enough to boot from any operating system at all, but it's sure better than nothing. If this fails then I've always got the technician to help tomorrow...thanks, man.