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This tutorial will explain in some detail how to backup your files from a Windows partition or any other partition when Windows will not load. We will be using Ubuntu Live CD.

If you do not already have a copy of Ubuntu LiveCD on a cd or thumb drive go here to download Ubuntu then download Imgburn to burn the Ubuntu.iso to a blank cd. If you choose to use a bootable thumb drive go here to learn how to make Ubuntu bootable on a thumb drive >> UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads

Now that you have Ubuntu burned on a CD or a bootable thumb drive load the CD or plug in your USB thumb drive. Make sure either your CDROM is in the boot order or your USB thumb drive. Consult with your computer user guide.

Ubuntu will load in RAM select your language on the left then select "Try Ubuntu"

Ubuntu will load this will not install anything, the Desktop now go to the left where the "Unity" bar is then select "Home Folder"

Now locate the partition as seen below

Now go to the "Users" folder in the Windows partition as seen below.

Now locate your user folder this will be your profile name as seen below.

Now choose the folders which will be Documents, Pictures, Music, and Videos. Or any other folder where you may have personal files simply right click then select "Copy" then choose the media where you want to back up the file to. For example a thumb drive or external HDD just go to the "Home Folder" as seen on step #2 select the media or partition you want to backup the files to. Note: Do not backup files to the partition that is problematic like the dead Windows partition. You can also drag and drop the files as well just open the partition first that you want the files to be backup to. Ubuntu LiveCD supports Ethernet connection which will allow you to backup your files on a "Cloud" like SkyDrive, DropBox, and others. Just simply open Firefox (in the Unity bar) pick your cloud service, log in and drag and drop your files.

You can also backup other partitions as well. Now when you are done backing up your files go to the bottom of the "Unity" bar where you will see HDD's right click on each then select "Unmount" then go to the very right top on the "Panel" select the power icon then select "Shutdown" either select restart or shutdown.

The CDROM will open take the CD out. If you are using a thumbdrive unplug it.

Attention!! to use the Ubuntu LiveCD on a dead Windows 8 computer you will have to consult to your PC documentations. Windows 8 Uses UEFI, Secure Boot to protect it's self from boot time infections. You will have to locate documentation to find out how to turn off Secure Boot in BIOS.

Do not alter any files in the Windows partition this means delete, rename, or move. Only do so on your personal files. Altering any Windows system files will render Windows useless.

Ubuntu LiveCD also has other sweet tools to use as well for example Gparted to resize, delete, and create partitions.

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