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I've got Ubuntu 9.10 installed in an NTFS partition. After an update, I started getting kernel panics, so I need to reinstall it. But before I do that, I need to retrieve and backup my home directory. I believe Ubuntu's file system is packaged in the root.disk image. So how do I mount it in Windows?

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Did you install Ubuntu on a NTFS-Partition (native installer), or in a NTFS-Partition (Wubi)? – Bobby Jan 20 '10 at 15:28
I used Wubi.... – gAMBOOKa Jan 20 '10 at 15:38
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I don't know how to mount the / partition in Windows 7, but I would use an Ubuntu Live cd to boot and, within the live session, I would mount an external hard drive to do backup.

If you haven't an usb drive you could use the Ubuntu Live cd, then mount the Windows 7 disk and copy all your files inside that.

Hope that helps,


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I would prefer not to drive downtown to pickup a blank disc. I don't have the LiveCD on me right now. – gAMBOOKa Jan 20 '10 at 15:39
A blank cd? If you haven't that too, try googling for UNetbootin. ;) I found it veeeeeery useful in similar situations! – dag729 Jan 20 '10 at 15:59

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