My laptop became unbootable today. Something popped when I plugged the power supply in and it wouldn't boot. Anyway, I took it to a hardware specialist shop to get them to open up the laptop and fetch the data on my harddrive. Since its a SATA drive it's as simple as using some USB thing that allows the drive to be treated as an external harddrive. Then they can go in and recover the files.
However, the repair shop doesn't support Linux officially, but they are going to try recover the linux partition anyway. They can see the Windows partition when the drive is plugged in via USB and all my files are there. But they can't 'see' my linux partition. I'm guessing its because their Windows machine doesn't recognise the filesystem?
I'm not clued up on this technology they're using to treat the harddrive as a USB external. Anyway if by tomorrow they have nothing new to tell me do you have any ideas of how I can view the linux partition and copy my files over to my new laptop. I can buy one of these USB things for connecting the SATA to a PC via USB. I am currently installing Ubuntu on the new laptop that I bought. Maybe from Ubuntu I'll be able to view that partition?
I am asking in advance because time is of the essence, and if anyone knows the solution to the problem/has done this before it would be extremely helpful.