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Windows 7: Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS

25 Apr 2013   #10
xjahjah

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi

Great tutorial

I created an 8 GB bootable USB stick as described and can now boot Mint Mate 14 on my Windows 7 laptop from the stick

However, I cannot access my Windows 7 drives - they are "not mounted". This is my first experience with Linux - so I am stuck! How do I "mount" the Windows drives?

Rgds Jan


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25 Apr 2013   #11
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hi Jan,

This is really strange. They should automount which they do with my stick. Have a look at this - maybe you can make it work. Keep me updated because other people might run into the same problem.
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25 Apr 2013   #12
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Jan,

Regarding this NTFS-CONFIG, I made this little picture tutorial for you. This is after you click on 'Menu' (bottom left). Make sure you have an internet connection. The WiFi you can enable on the bottom right of the screen.


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26 Apr 2013   #13
xjahjah

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Now things work

I installed NTFS-CONFIG, launched it, selected autoconfigure (read only) and was then able to browse my Windows drives. However I was not able to mount the USB stick to be used for the COPY/PASTE operations.

Then I googled a bit and found Linux Mint Forums • View topic - Unable to mount location . After having done as suggested by altair4:

1) Open Terminal
2) sudo mkdir /media/mint
3) sudo chown mint:mint /media/mint

things work (also between boots and with RW capability)

By the way, this Mint Mate 14 is very nice. Works much faster than my Windows 7 installation.

Rgds Jan
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26 Apr 2013   #14
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Hi Jan, I am so glad you could make it work. I think the problem was from the download location you chose.

I noticed that you do not get exactly the same version from different download sites. They work differently - in fact the .iso from one site did not work at all. The James Madison University download site is the one I used and that works. I have made a note of that in the tutorial.

And thank you for reporting back. You are one smart operator.
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27 Apr 2013   #15
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

James Madison University is also where I downloaded mine from and it worked perfectly.
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27 Apr 2013   #16
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks Rich for letting me know.
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28 Apr 2013   #17
xjahjah

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I downloaded from the only danish site: Europe Denmark klid.dk - avoid that

Rgds Jan
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28 Apr 2013   #18
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Thanks Jan for warning us.
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28 Apr 2013   #19
whatfor

home premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the tutorial. This is all new to me but I managed to install it on my flash drive without any problems. Would have added to your reputation but the system will not allow owing to me giving you a rep point in the past. A bit silly that
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