I dropped my laptop. The hard drive is now dead - we think; but more may be wrong with the laptop and that's what we are assuming. It is responding, but with long delays and issues. With this in mind, I am assuming the worst and endeavouring to back up my Ubuntu 12.04 and Windows 7 partitions. This is not without difficulties, however.
I have eventually gotten the laptop to boot into a USB linux live version of lubuntu 12.04. This is what I post to you from! The problem is I need to create a backup of my two hard disks, as best as I can, from lubuntu, without having to restart (so no clonezilla etc!) as my laptop may not respond again after this (it allowing me to boot into lubuntu is after many, many failed attempts.
I have tried to, from the Disks utility, make an image of my harddrives. This fails, and has an error message saying my hard disk had bad sectors. I have tried to open gparted - it stalls and hangs on "Searching /dev/sda partitions.
How can I proceed from here to back up my files/hard disks?
I intend to shrink on of the partitions next and install a fresh copy of lubuntu onto the newly freed up partition to see if I can then mount, and access any of the information. Is this a good way to proceed?
What advice/recommendations/possibilities can people offer me here? I want to do my best before trying anything that requires a restart :)