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


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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