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Windows 7: System Repair Disk not seeing my external drive

09 Nov 2009   #1
Skibumtx

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
System Repair Disk not seeing my external drive

I created a backup and image (Win 7 Pro) on an external (USB attached) HDD and then created a Windows 7 System Repair Disk. I then booted from the repair disk and the attached external drive is not visible.

The external drive is attached via through a hub, does it need to be attached directly? Is their a generic USB Mass Storage Device driver that I can load?

I was hoping that by creating the repair disk that all necessary drivers would have been loaded to the disk, but apparently not.

Thanks for any help,
Ski


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15 Nov 2009   #2
Skibumtx

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

umm, anyone?? How do i get the reapir disk to find my USB drive? Otherwise the backup is pretty worthless, IMNSHO.
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15 Nov 2009   #3
SIW2

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15 Nov 2009   #4
SnarkyTwit

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Skibumtx View Post
I created a backup and image (Win 7 Pro) on an external (USB attached) HDD and then created a Windows 7 System Repair Disk. I then booted from the repair disk and the attached external drive is not visible.

The external drive is attached via through a hub, does it need to be attached directly? Is their a generic USB Mass Storage Device driver that I can load?

I was hoping that by creating the repair disk that all necessary drivers would have been loaded to the disk, but apparently not.

Thanks for any help,
Ski

Is the USB hub powered? If not, I would suggest plugging the drive directly into a USB port on the computer for now. That should work. If it doesn't I would recommend Acronis as a solution for backups.

Good luck.

Snarks
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15 Nov 2009   #5
logicearth

Windows 8.1 Pro (x64)
 
 

Does the BIOS support booting to USB?
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15 Nov 2009   #6
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Plug it direct.
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15 Nov 2009   #7
Skibumtx

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SnarkyTwit View Post

Is the USB hub powered? If not, I would suggest plugging the drive directly into a USB port on the computer for now. That should work. If it doesn't I would recommend Acronis as a solution for backups.

Good luck.

Snarks

Yes, the USB hub is self powered. I'm actually trying to get away from Acronis, I was running an older version and really don't want to pay for an upgrade if the standard S/W will fit the bill.

Ski
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15 Nov 2009   #8
Skibumtx

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by logicearth View Post
Does the BIOS support booting to USB?
I'm not booting from USB, I'm booting from CD/DVD
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15 Nov 2009   #9
Skibumtx

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Not really sure that I want to use imaging only as opposed to combination of images and backups. The free version or Macrium does not support differential imaging nor, as far as I can tell, does it allow restoration of individual files.
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16 Nov 2009   #10
Skibumtx

Windows 7 Professional
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Plug it direct.

Ding Ding Ding - we seem to have a winner.

Thanks,
Ski
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