So my computer crashed and as of now I am currently running Ubuntu 12.04 on a USB. I'm using the try option because for some reason it won't let me do a full install. I researched and realized that may have to erase my entire hard drive before I can do a reinstall. If this is the case I would like to know if there is anyway I can retrieve the data I had store on my partition. Under the try option I don't have permission to access my own files and am unsure if I can recover them if I do a hard reset. If anyone has any helpful suggestions I would appreciate it.
I tried all the helpful suggestions and none of them worked so instead I just re-installed 12.04 back on my hard-drive. I was able to recover videos I had stored but none of the documents that I had saved. Thanks for the help.