It's not often I start a new thread, but I've hit a bit of an unusual problem...Admittedly one of my own making...
I have a laptop with a completely dead HD, which I've been using for a while with Ubuntu 9.10 installed on a bootable 8Gb USB stick with approx 3Gb of persistent storage. I've been using it for a little while now and everything was going rather swimmingly until I ran Bleachbit to clear some space by cleaning some of the caches, but somehow it completely borked the install so it won't boot fully. (Not sure exactly how I did it. I obviously checked something I shouldn't have in Bleachbit!)
It gets to the LiveCD boot menu and I can start Ubuntu running, but beyond that there's just nothing. No splash, no desktop, just blackness. I can't even get ubuntu to boot into a command line from the menu....Like I said, Borked! (with a capital B!)
From analysing the contents of the USB stick, I can see that the liveCD contents are all there. But I can't find the home folder or any of the documents that are stored in there. But there are several large files that are approximately the right size to account for the allocated storage space for the home folder and all of the other parts of the system. So it's evidently some kind of virtual file-system that's in use. The files have seemingly arbitrary names consisting of letters, numbers and other extended ASCII characters. Bleachbit has borked parts of the VFS, but I'm hoping that the rest of my documents are still in there somewhere and are accessible.
So my question is this:
If I plug the USB stick into another Linux box, is there any way I could mount the virtual file-system to allow me to recover some of my personal projects? And if so, how?
Anyway, any help with this would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers for now,