I recently wanted to transfer some files to a USB flash drive, but the flash drive was "write-protected". I searched it up online and it turns out that you need to format the USB to fix the "write-protected problem". So that's what I did -- or tried to do at least.
It turns out that instead of formatting my USB, I accidentally started to format my Local Hard Drive. I immediately cancelled the process of formating, and I KNOW that there's still a lot of data left on the hard drive that can be restored. There's no way a 500 GB hard drive would be completely formatted within 5 seconds.
Anyway, I searched up online and found out that if I install some linux OS called "Ubuntu" onto a flash drive, I can plug it into my computer and boot straight from the USB and then I can use another USB and use Ubunto to transfer some "RAW" files from my harddrive to the second USB (The one that isn't running Ubuntu).
I really need some help getting Ubuntu to work for me. I don't want to make a partition or anything on the damaged harddrive and want to install Ubuntu straight to my USB. I currently have 4 USBs available -- 8gb, 4gb, 2gb and 1gb.
P.S. I plan on going out tomorrow and buying a 1.5 Terabyte external harddrive, if that helps.