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Windows 7: Laptop will not recognize USB Hard Drive

08 Feb 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

Delete the partition and extend the other one. First, boot Ubuntu as a live cd, and get all your data off onto another drive.

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08 Feb 2010   #12

Windows 7 Professional

Sorry, I have no idea what you mean by "boot Ubuntu as a live cd, and get all your data off onto another drive. "

Can you explain?
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08 Feb 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by billberry12 View Post
Sorry, I have no idea what you mean by "boot Ubuntu as a live cd, and get all your data off onto another drive. "

Can you explain?
Ubuntu is a very solid linux OS. All you do is the get the whole OS as a 699MB image. You then burn this image to disc and then reboot with the disc in the drive. Maybe you have to modify your BIOS, maybe not, to boot from CD, but when it loads you can copy your stuff off the drive. It doesn't touch your Windows install unless you decide to install it which for this purpose is not necessary:

Download Ubuntu | Ubuntu

I can walk you through the steps.

After the .iso image, get ImgBurn:

The Official ImgBurn Website

And we'll take it from there.
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08 Feb 2010   #14
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

Very good. I now see what you have done initially. I am glad you were able to assign the drive letter. As I said, the little partition is probably a leftover of the cloning job. If it does not bother you, just leave it. Else you could use a live Ubuntu ot fedora to delete it. But since you would get the unallocated free space to the left of the big partition, there is little you could do with this space unless you restart revamping that whole drive.
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