Rescue Your PC With Linux Live CD

I always advise my friends and customers to keep a copy of the Linux Live CD. The reason is that in the event that your Windows crashes (Well, they often do), you can boot up the Linux Live CD and rescue all your data.

Most Linux distribution comes with a Live CD. The purpose is to allow the user to test drive the OS before installing on the PC. This bootable Live CD contains the entire Linux Operating System and it doesn’t require any installation. Thus, if your Windows has died, crashes, or refuse to boot up, there is no need to moan over the loss of data and blame yourself for not backing up. You just need to pop in the Live CD and you’ve got a simple, user-friendly Linux OS that you can use to access your data and even surf the Internet.

Getting a Linux Live CD is free. You can download the Ubuntu Live CD ISO file from Once you have finished downloading, you can burn it into a CD (with a ISO burner) and there you have a bootable Live CD.

In the event that your Windows malfunction:

  1. Boot up your PC using the Ubuntu Live CD. On the boot up screen (see the screenshot below), select Start or install Ubuntu. Don’t worry; this will not install anything on your PC.
  2. After booting into the Ubuntu, plug in a USB drive. It will be auto detected, appearing as an icon to your desktop.
  3. Double click on the icon. An explorer window will open up.
  4. On the menu bar at the top of the desktop. Click on ‘Places‘ and you can see a list of other drives in the PC. Select the drive that contains the Windows OS. Another explorer window will show up.
  5. Navigate to the folder that contains the data you want to rescue. Copy and paste the files (or drag and drop) to the USB disk explorer window.
  6. To shut down the Ubuntu OS, click on the power button on the top right of the desktop. A window will appear and ask you if you want to Suspend, Hibernate, Restart or Shut Down. Click on Shut Down.
  7. Done.


  1. I used this very technique about two weeks ago when some spyware infected my Windows system. Fortunately my anti-spyware blocked the malicious action, but could not delete the spyware files which had been loaded into memory. I shut down and rebooted with my Ubuntu Live CD and located the files which had just been copied into my Windows system folder. I was able to delete all of them and then reboot safely back into Windows. What would MS do without Linux? :D

  2. Gee, you can’t put MS Windows OS with the applications, tools and utilities on one CD and use it on almost any computer. And what good are MS disk utilities if you have to boot into MS Windows to use them? Besides, I rather like popping my Linux CD into any computer and using it and saving my stuff on a jump drive. Hate to say it but I sorta fear putting my data on the same disk as an MS OS. Live-CD Linux is the most fun I’ve had on any computer. I use Xubuntu and Wolvix for rescue and daily use.

  3. Great guys, I learned a lot; I’m new to Linux and I love it already, thank you so much

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