It seems like to deleted too much files by rm -r and now I have the error of "the system is running a low-graphic mode" in Ubuntu and I have to work in Windows because of that.

However I can load it in recovery mode. I need to copy the files from Downloads folder to a flash drive. Downloads folder has them as I can see by ls command.

When I plug in a flash drive, there will be some messages saying that everything is ok (as I understood) and it's plugged. But when I go to /media/my_name and do ls then I don't see anything. I don't see anything in /run/media/my_name either(I'm not sure if should though).

I can't connect to the Internet for some reason. Ubuntu was installed by wubi.exe file.

How do I save the content of my Downloads folder to a flash drive?


Use fdisk -l to see if you USB-Drive is identified. Remember the device (/dev/sdX)
Mount the USB-Drive manually with mount /dev/sdX1 /mnt
Copy thr whole Downloads-Folder with cp -R /home/<your_user>/Downloads /mnt/

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  • it said that there was en error and had to specify file system. So I decided just to copy to sda (there were sda[1-4]-sdc). I did it, it copied for sure. But in Windows I can't find that folder. – Alan Coromano Mar 25 '13 at 15:37
  • when I did mount /dev/sda /mnt it said that it was already mounted or it was busy. – Alan Coromano Mar 25 '13 at 15:39
  • you need to mount the partition not the whole drive; /dev/sda1 not /dev/sda. But sda would not be your usb-drive. if you have one hdd this will be sda and your usb-drive is probably sdb. dont try to copy to sda - this is your root-partiton and you have to copy from sda to your usb-drive – prophecy201 Mar 25 '13 at 15:45
  • I know but I decided to copy to disk C exactly which is in Windows. I have 2 visible logical disks in Windows: C and D. – Alan Coromano Mar 25 '13 at 15:52
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    Think of sda as the name of the device. sda1 would be a partition on that device. You want to copy your downloads to sda1 or sda2. – Scott Goodgame Mar 25 '13 at 17:30

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