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Re: Need some advice please.

On 5/5/23 08:15, Jeremy Ardley wrote:
The harder ways to solve this should work. However you may have to pay for at least one drive.

1. Get an external USB drive and a powered USB 3 hub. Then create a bootable USB/DVD recovery drive such as knoppix http://www.knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html

Following the instructions at the knoppix site boot the laptop into the knoppix installation. Then back up your data to the external USB drive.

Then do a clean install of your OS of choice - presumably debian 11 - onto the laptop internal drive. Finally recover your files off the USB.

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2. This option requires some disassembly where you replace the hard drive in the laptop. This can be done by you or your computer repair shop. Then install an OS on the new drive and recover data off the old drive by plugging it into a USB caddy.

I forgot one other option. That is get a large bootable USB device such as a large USB CF drive or external HDD/SSD. Then going the Knoppix route, boot from that, backup your data to the external device, and then do a fresh debian 11 install on the laptop drive and finally recover your files.


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