Data Backup When Windows Failed to Boot

January 2017

When you failed to boot into your windows and need to recover your important data, then
follow the below instructions to perform backup if the partitions in your hard disk is still fine.

1) First download the "Puppy Linux" by clicking on the hyperlink "Puppy Linux"
Puppy Linux
2) You need to burn that ISO file to an empty CD.
Click on the below link hyperlink "Download" and download the ISO burner
Place an empty CD in the drive.
Double-click on the "FreeISOBurner". When "FreeISOBurner" window appears --> Click on "Open" button --> Select the downloaded ISO file.
Set "Burn Speed" from the drop-down menu --> Click on "Burn" button.
After completion, Set your first boot device as CD\DVD drive --> Place the burned disk in the CD\DVD drive --> Save the BIOS settings and exist from BIOS. Now you should be able to boot from the CD.
3) When the "Puppy Linux" screen appears as shown in the below image, press Enter.

When the windows appears asking for the confirmation regarding your mouse\keyboard\video settings\screen resolution, just press the "Enter" key to accept the default settings.
4) When the desktop appears as shown in the below image

At the bottom left you can find your hard disk partitions as shown in the below image.

In Windows the partitions will appears as "Local Disk C", "Local Disk D" etc. But here it will appear as hda1 hda2 where a if the indication as the first hard disk and the ascending number are the indication of the partitions.
If you have a second hard disk that is connected in your drive as a slave then it will appear as hdb1. Where b is the indication of the second hard disk as shown in the above image.
hdc is your CD\DVD drive.
5)Now plug your External USD Drive. After plugging you can notice the icon that appears as shown in the below image next to your CD\DVD drive icon.

In "Windows OS" you need to double-click to open any drive or a folder. But when it comes to
"Puppy Linux", a single click will open any drive or folder. You have to use only the single-click.
The green upward arrow show in the below indication is used to go back.

Data Backup
Copying data from your hard disk to your external usb drive can be done in two methods as follows

Method 1

7) First open your external drive and note down the path shown in the title bar.
For example, look at the below image

8) Single-click on your drive that contains your data --> Drive window will be opened.
Now navigate to your data location.
[Note : If you have any data on desktop or in "My Documents" then navigate to that location
by single-clicking on "Documents & Settings", there you can find your user account folders with user names. Single-click on your particular account user name folder and there you can find
the folders "Desktop", "My Documents" etc.
9) Right-click on the folder that you want to copy to your external hard drive --> Dir'Your Folder Name' --> Copy. A small window will appear asking for a destination path as shown in the below image

Now enter the external drive path that which we have noted in the step 7
(Example : the path is /mnt/sda1/) and then click on "Copy" button.
Note: Don't forget the "/" at the end of the path also. You can see in the above figure.
  • To select multiple folders or files, hold the "Ctrl" key and then single click on those files or folders --> Then right-click --> Then select the option "Copy".

For example : I have selected a two folders and then after that I have right-clicked on it as shown in the
below image

Then again same, when a small window appear asking for a destination path then enter
the path that we have noted in the step 7.

Method 2

10) Open the partition that contains all your important data and also open your External USB Drive.
Place the both the windows side by side by resizing its window as shown in the below image

Hold the "Ctrl" key to select the multiple files or folders--> Single-click on your file\folders --> After selecting all your important files and folders, place your mouse pointer on any selected file or folder. Now hold the left-click and move the mouse pointer to your "External USB Drive" window to drag the files.
A small sub-menu will appear as shown in the below image. Select the option "Copy".

11) Make sure that all the data got copied into your external usb drive successfully. Check the data in your external hard drive.
12) After copying all your data, close all the windows and unmount the drives.
If any of your drive is in mount state then the indication will be shown as a small green bulb
as shown in the below image

If you notice the green bulb indication on your drive then right-click on it and select the option
Now remove the external usb drive --> click on "Menu" --> Shutdown --> Shutdown.
When it asks you if you want to save your personal settings as shown in the below image

Use the right arrow key and select the option "DO NOT SAVE" --> Press Enter.


Published by jack4rall. Latest update on April 1, 2011 at 09:34 AM by jack4rall.
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