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How to Use Ubuntu To Backup Files When Your Windows PC Will Not Boot

by Felix Omondi

How to Use Ubuntu To Backup Files When Your Windows PC Will Not Boot

Microsoft Windows Operating System has made its name and grown so popular among PC users for one reason only, it has an easy to use user interface. Simply put, Windows eliminates the geeky-too-technical skills necessary to operate a computer, making it easy even for the user with basic technical skills to efficiently execute several tasks on the computer.

But sometimes, for one reason or the other Windows OS may no longer boot on our PCs. Since most of the Windows PCs users do not understand the internal working mechanisms of a computer, (all thanks to the friendly user interface presented by Windows), when this occurs we will go on panic mode.

The obvious solution would be to reinstall Windows, but this would also mean you will have to format your drive, and with formatting you lose all of your files and data. Today Innov8tiv is going to show you how to save your files and data whenever Windows refuses to boot on your PC. Follow the following steps:

Step 1: You will need an Ubuntu ISO Image file, if you do not have one, you can download one from this link.

Step 2: Ensure you have Rufus (a tool to make bootable flash drive), if you do not already have one, download one by following this link.

Step 3: Connect a USB drive to your PC.

Step 4: Power your PC with the USB drive containing Rufus inserted, Please note that Rufus is a portable application, hence there will be no need to install it in your system for it to run.

Step 5: Using the Rufus window, click device and then select the USB device.

Step 6: Select on “MBR partition scheme for BIOS or UEFI computers” for the Partition scheme and target system type:

Step 7: Choose “FAT32” system (the Default system).

Step 8: Leave Cluster Size as the default.

Step 9: For the Format Option, select on the options below:

“Quick format”

-“Create a bootable disk using”

-“Create extended label and icon files”

Step 10: On the Drive icon found on the side, select “create a bootable disk using” and the select the Ubuntu ISO image file you downloaded. If you have followed all the above steps correctly, then what you should see now is the image below:

Step 11: Now click on “Start” Give it some few minutes, you will now have a bootable Ubuntu Linux flash drive. After completion, you now execute the following instruction to backup file in your PC.

Step 1: Connect the USB Drive to your PC.

Step 2: Turn on your PC.

Step 3: Press F11 repeatedly, while your PC is turning on, to bring up the boot selection menu.

Step 4: When the Boot selection menu comes up, use the keyboard arrows to select USB Flash drive device as the boot option.

Step 5: You will now see the Ubuntu Welcome screen giving you two options, Try Ubuntu and Install Ubuntu.

Step 6: Choose the Try Ubuntu option.

Step 7: Now you are logged in, you will now be able to access files stored on your PC’s hard drive.

Step 8: To copy your files, connect an external hard drive to your PC.

Step 9: Click on the Explorer icon, then copy all the files and folders and the paste it to the external hard drive.

Having backed up your files, you can now reinstall Windows on your PC. Once Windows OS is up and running on your PC again, using the external hard drive on which you backed your files, you can now move the back to your PC again.

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