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I'm unable to get my Ubuntu Desktop GUI. I tried from recovery mode but able to accessing GRUB and file system mounting in root mode. How do I backup data?

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    If you just want to get to your files, rather than fix the broken GUI, you can use an Ubuntu Live DVD/USB to get access to them.
    – Arronical
    Commented Jun 15, 2016 at 16:30

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Okay, here goes: How to get your home folder backed up all safe and sound. So, your home folder is always located at

/home/yourusername

What you are going to want to do is exactly this:

cp -R /home/yourusername /your/target/goes/here

The -R here tells the cp command to be recursive. It will copy the folder itself, and the subfolders. This will back up your whole home folder.

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