Ubuntu on Lenovo x61s - Help needed

Karl Auer kauer at biplane.com.au
Fri Sep 4 02:36:51 UTC 2015


On Fri, 2015-09-04 at 12:10 +1000, Peter wrote:
> If I reinstall Ubuntu using the same passwords as in the original 
> installation will my existing home directory and its contents be 
> overwritten? I need to get the system going and retain the data. The 
> last good backup is May 19th. The latter backups were on an external 
> disk which has failed

Set up a bootable USB stick (or DVD). Boot the system off that, and you
should be able to mount the hard disk and transfer anything you like off
it. If you can't even mount the disk, it's a different problem and
harder to solve.

The other thing you can do is take out the hard disk, put it in a USB
enclosure and mount it on another computer to extract your data.

I would certainly concentrate on getting a backup (or two!) before
experimenting with re-installs.

Regards, K.


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