+ 0 Votes Live CD or HDD slave TobiF 4 years ago You need to boot from some other media to get a working system, then you can copy the needed data off the HDD.One way is to boot up from a "live CD" or Live USB (look for Unetbootin).Another option would be to temporarily take this HDD out of this computer and mount it as a slave HDD (or through a USB adapter) to a working computer, and that way get access.If you boot off a linux distribution, make sure it has support for NTFS (nowadays, most have), if you boot off a windows installation, then you may need to "take ownership" before you're allowed to touch data under someones profile. + 0 Votes Details on suggestion one above. dldorrance 4 years ago This would be my preferred method. On a functioning computer with an internet connection and ability to burn a CD, download ISO version of a live Linux distribution and burn the image to a CD. Here is a link to one that should boot any modern personal computer:http://www.linuxmint.com/blog/?p=847Burn the ISO image onto a CD and insert the CD into your dead computer and run it. It will load Linux into the memory of the dead machine, hook up your network, monitor and peripherals, USB ports, etc, and display it's front page, which contains a "My Computer" icon in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Click on it and you see a file icon and a HDD icon. Click on the latter to view the contents of your dead computer's HDD. Copy what you like off that drive, probably starting with Documents and Settings, if the dead computer runs Windows. Then reload the original OS onto your HDD and restore whatever you copied with the live CD. + 0 Votes Linux Mint 7 vs ver 9? TobiF 4 years ago I followed your link.I noted it points to Linux Mint ver7, although version 9 is already available for download.Is there any reason to still use version 7, rather than version 9?Just curios :) + 0 Votes Yes dldorrance 4 years ago Version 9 of Mint is based on Ubuntu 10, which does not support Intel graphics engines; Mint 8 is based on Ubuntu 9 which only supports Intel graphics with an "alternate" install. That makes Mint 7, based on Ubuntu 8 the version that will work "out of the box" on computers with Intel graphics.If I am wrong about this please let me know. + 0 Votes Thanks TobiF 4 years ago I'm just listening (well, reading) and learning.So - Thanks for this useful piece of information. + 0 Votes Thank you both santeewelding 4 years ago TobiF and dldorrance for that.Though I have studied the steps here many times, for when or if I need them, I study them again from you both.Too many times is not enough.I am particularly grateful for heads-up about the little Mint icon in the left-hand corner, and exactly what to do with it. + 0 Votes One more thing dldorrance 4 years ago You need to save what you extracted from the non-bootable HDD to another medium. I would use a USB HDD or a Thumb Drive. You could also send them over network or store them on the Internet. In all of the above, the live Linux will detect the new location(s). + 0 Votes Noted. santeewelding 4 years ago The OP can only benefit from all this, as I have. + 0 Votes Another One more thing dldorrance 4 years ago You need to save what you extracted from the non-bootable HDD to another medium. I would use a USB HDD or a Thumb Drive. You could also send them over network or store them on the Internet. In all of the above, the live Linux will detect the new location(s). Mint Linux is much like Windows. Right click on the screen to create a temporary directory and drag and drop files like Windows. With Mint initially there are only 2 icons on an otherwise blank desktop. Access other functions from Menu in the lower right hand corner of the screen (like START in Windows). + 0 Votes using ubcd and parted magic maradonna 4 years ago cheers for the input tobif but using the boot cd and parted magic program i can see the files i want to copy but i dont know where to putthem to save them. as i will be formatting the disk to put xp back on it surely that will wipe my saved files? bear with me if this seems obtuse. stay cool in the shade mukker + 0 Votes USB drive (hdd or flash) TobiF 4 years ago Yep. You need a USB drive. HDD or flash.If you created a "Live USB", then maybe you have enough space left on it for shuffling data.OR shuffle data via the network interface. That's more interesting, but may take longer time before you figure it all out. (And I'm not of big help here, having almost no experience from Linux) + 0 Votes Agree with USB, but there is a second alternative dldorrance 4 years ago If no room on USB Thumb drive and no spare HDD (either hooked up to your computer directly or via USB), you can make use of a network/internet connection.The Mint live CD will automatically detect a wired network. There is nothing to set up. A wireless network may or may not be automatically detected. If you have the ability to share files over a network you can do this. Otherwise, you may be able to use free internet storage to temporarily cache you data (disclaimer, I have never used these services). Here is how to access a Firefox web browser. Click Menu (lower left hand corner of the screen). A three column window pops up. The middle column is entitled "Applications". In that column place the mouse pointer over "Internet" and slide the mouse pointer horizontally to the right most column and click on the third item from the top, which is says "Firefox" and is preceded by the Firefox icon. Believe me this is much more easily done than explained! That gets you to the internet.