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Recover data from laptop using "Umbuntu"

by gflash128 / February 5, 2013 5:48 AM PST

Hi everyone! I'm baaaaaaaaaaaack! LOL
OK< cascading computer hell.
daughter shorts out power suppy on laptop. daugter uses moms. daugter shorts out moms. I immediately create users for each of them with limited acsess on mine.
now as each of them were trading laptops, one picked virus (say it isn't so!)
Anyway the virus is a ***** to clear so I'm ready to wipe the drive and resetting.
I have some access to the Toshiba (daught's infected) through network but it runs on Vista...
I have "Umbuntu" and can see her files but don't know how to burn them off??
Spec: Laptop #1 (daughters infected):
Toshiba Satelite L300 series runing Vista Home,Premium Ram= 3G Processor: ?
Lap top #2 ASUS; K510, running Windows, IE9, pentium dual core @2.2 G Ram =3G
Also, running "Umbunto" running from cd.

Thanx..for any help

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Murphy most really love you :-(
by wpgwpg / February 5, 2013 6:19 AM PST

Since you can boot up Ubuntu, you can plug in a flash drive and copy the data to it. You can buy 32 GB flash drives for around $15.

Good luck.

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Murphy's my best friend! How did you know?!
by gflash128 / February 5, 2013 11:24 PM PST

Seriously, Somewhere in between Murphy's Law, all my computers and the network, and my Ladies at home, You'll find me saying, "just throw it on the pile"!

My ladies don't understand why they can't push a button and shop....oops I mean surf! And guess what, they don't want to learn! They feel the computer manufacturers should make a laptop "that just works" with the click of a button. That leaves me with the inevitable, Horror Viruses, ripped or shorted out cords, HDMI cables smashed in the network port "Dad...the TV's broke" huh? ...LOL!

I do have one question though. I lent a friend of mine a desktop I'm not using, works fine. (mistake #1)

A week later, I go over to find the cd burner broken and the system completely locked up from some virus. They then tell me I need to fix it. I took a look at it. (Mistake #2)

Finally, I announced that in order for me to fix it I'd have to take it Home! (Yea for me) After repairing it should I give it back to them "to use"? I'm thinking no.

Sorry to get off topic! ha ha

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You have quite a family challenge
by wpgwpg / February 5, 2013 11:54 PM PST

When you're dealing with people who think computers should "just work", I point out that the computer is just a dumb machine that's dumber than a chicken and stubborn as a mule. All the computer knows is high, low, and equal, so it's really impressive that it works as well as it does. I hope your ladies don't have the same attitude about cars! I feel your pain, my wife's favorite trick is to go to some 50 page web site, click the print button, and then can't figure out why the printer's out of paper and "doesn't do". Her one explanation of what's wrong is that "it doesn't do", regardless of the problem.
I agree with you about your friend you lent the computer to. I'd tell him I need to keep it for something I've got to do.

Good luck.

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Re: Ubuntu
by Kees_B Forum moderator / February 5, 2013 6:19 AM PST

If you can see them, it's easy to copy them to an external hard disk or a USB stick. Just as easy as it is in Windows Explorer. Burning to a CD or DVD is hardly done anymore with such good alternatives.


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Hey Kees! what's shakin' there boss man.
by gflash128 / February 5, 2013 11:35 PM PST
In reply to: Re: Ubuntu

As usual, your answer addressed a few things I didn't even consider! I'll let you know happens next. Either way I'm keeping the fire extinguisher close at hand.

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