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  1. Insert your Linux Live CD into your CD dive and reboot the computer
  2. If you have a Dell Bookstore computer then press the F12 key when the computer is first booting up (at the Dell Logo)
  3. If you do not have a Dell Bookstore Computer, a message should display while booting such as "<Key Here> for boot options" or "<Key Here> for boot manager." The most common keys are <Esc>, <F2>, and <F12>.
  4. When you enter the boot list (white text on a black background), use the arrow keys to select your CD Drive
  5. You will see two boot screens.
    First this:
    Knoppix loading screen
    Then This:
    System loading screen
  6. After Knoppix has finished booting, you will be presented with the LDXE (Lightway X11 Desktop Enviroment).
    Your screen will look like this:
    LDXE desktop screen
  7. Click the Terminal icon command prompt iconImage Modified at the bottom left of the screen
  8. Type "fdisk -l" and press enter
  9. Take note of what drives appear and their names. In the example there are 3 devices. A harddisk (sda1 40.0GB), a usb drive (sdb1 4110MB), and a second usb drive (sdc1 1031MB).
    Command line screen
  10. We want to take data off of the harddisk and put it onto the second usb drive to back it up.

Data backup

  1. Click the PCMan icon Folder iconImage Modified at the bottom left of the screen.
  2. Navigate to /media/
  3. Select the folder that corresponds to your harddrive. Alternativly you can just click the harddrive icon in the left panel of PCMan.
  4. Open a new windows and navigate to (or click the icon for) your usb drive.
  5. In this example the harddrive is open on the left window and the usb drive (with some data already on it) is opened in the right window.
    File system window
  6. Now you can simply click and drag to copy files from the harddisk to the usb drive.
    File system window with file progress indicator


1) Click the terminal icon command prompt iconImage Modified at the bottom left of the screen
2) Type "su" and press enter. Type "fdisk -l" and press enter
3) Take note of which one is the harddisk (It should read HPFS/NTFS under System and have a much larger disk size). In this case the harddisk is /dev/sda1
4) When you mount a device you first enter the program to mount with (such as ntfs-3g) then you enter the device (dev/sda1) then you enter where to mount it to (/mnt/sda1).
5) Type "ntfs-3g /dev/sda1 /mnt/sda1" and press enter (you have now mounted the harddisk)
6) Looking at the result from "fdisk -l", take note of which is the usb drive. In this case, the usb drive we want to use is /dev/sdc1.
7) Type "mount dev/sdc1 /mnt/sdc1" (you have now mounted the usb drive)
8) Now that the dirves are mounted you should be able to copy the data graphical as illustrated above in "Data backup" (substitute /media/ for /mnt/). If you are unable to copy the data graphically, below are the steps to copy data via terminal.