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I am facing the situation that my old ubuntu server 8 is not working (meaning I have no possibility to log-into the system). All the files are intact, however I do not know how I can extract the files on the old server.

I want to install a new server with the newest version, and then move the files onto this server.

How is it possible to get these files from the hard drive?

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Boot from a live CD? –  Nattgew May 5 '14 at 16:24

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