I recently spilled coffee on my laptop (that had both windows and ubuntu) and it won't work anymore. In an attempt to save the hard drive, I bought a hard drive enclosure and was able to access it, but the problem now is that I can only view the files on windows os. is there a way I can access my files saved on ubuntu? I'm currently trying to access these files from a macOS.

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    Are you using Ubuntu? Windows doesn't know how to deal with Unix file systems
    – Nmath
    Commented Oct 11, 2020 at 20:01
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    Yes, boot to a Ubuntu Live DVD/USB, and also attach another USB backup disk drive, and drag files/folders over.
    – heynnema
    Commented Oct 11, 2020 at 20:14
  • Try following answers from these questions askubuntu.com/questions/379356/… askubuntu.com/questions/9933/…
    – Inmate4587
    Commented Oct 15, 2020 at 5:08
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    Does this answer your question? How to read ext4 partitions in Windows?
    – Inmate4587
    Commented Oct 15, 2020 at 5:09
  • Thank you. I tried to use Disk Internals Linux Reader on another laptop that uses Windows OS and I was able to access the library files on linux but couldn't find any of my own files.
    – aef
    Commented Oct 18, 2020 at 15:41

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Plug the hard drive into a machine that either knows or uses the EXT4 file system.

Pretty sure macOS and other linux ditros can do this.

  • I'm now using macOS and can't find the files.
    – aef
    Commented Oct 16, 2020 at 15:36
  • Is the drive mounted and everything?
    – Vasilisa
    Commented Oct 16, 2020 at 18:13
  • I believe that yeah, since I'm able to find the files that were on windows.
    – aef
    Commented Oct 18, 2020 at 15:36
  • I imagine the drive is separated into partitions then or something. Try having a look in GParted to make sure the partition you want is mounted and visible.
    – Vasilisa
    Commented Oct 18, 2020 at 15:44
  • Got GParted and I can access the partition but none of files were there. I could find all other files like the python library files but non of my saved stuff were there. How can that be possible! Also thank you for you help, I appreciate it!
    – aef
    Commented Oct 22, 2020 at 6:45

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