+ 0 Votes Live CD or HDD slave TobiF 3 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 Agree with USB, but there is a second alternative dldorrance 3 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.