to the BC forums.
There is a little confusion in your mind about RAID: Although you may have seen some settings suggesting that your setup was somehow configured as RAID, with only one hard drive in the system, it most certainly was not. So, there is no RAID involved at all in your system.
The old hard drive has a problem: Whether it is the hard drive itself or the file system, we don't know at this stage, so first thing to do is recover all your important data from the old hard drive ... and then you can go about wiping and testing it.
I suggest the following as the easiest and most-likely-to-work solution to retrieving your data from the old hard drive:
- On your working system, create a LIVE Linux CD to boot from and transfer your files.
- Shut down the computer and connect the old hard drive.
- Boot with the Linux LIVE CD, and copy your files from the old hard drive to the new one.
- Shut down the computer, remove the CD, and disconnect/remove the old hard drive.
When you now boot the computer to your new hard drive with Win 7 on it, you should have all your copied files available from the old hard drive.
Included below is my canned speech for using a LIVE Linux CD to backup a non-working Windows system to a flashdrive or external hard drive.
If your computer is not able to boot into Windows or simply not able to access the internet, you can use a LIVE Linux operating system run from a bootable CD or flashdrive instead of Windows, to access the internet, to access files on the HDD(s) and do other tasks. Using a working computer:
- If you wish to use a LIVE CD ...
- Download the Linux version of your choice (usually an .ISO image file).
- There are many options to use for a LIVE CD. I suggest that you try one of the following:
- Puppy Linux (download file size 128 MB)
- Ubuntu (download file size almost 700 MB)
[*]Burn the .ISO image to CD: If you do not already have a suitable burning program for writing .ISO
images to disc ...
- Download and install ImgBurn.
- Ensure that you UN-check the box agreeing to install the Ask toolbar during the installation.
- Place a new (blank) CD disc in the drive tray.
- Choose Write image file to disc.
- Under Source, click on the Browse button: Navigate to and select the .ISO file that you wish to burn.
- Place a check-mark in the box beside Verify.
[*]When the CD has been burned and verified as successful, it will be bootable.
[/list][*]OR ... if you wish to use a LIVE flashdrive ...
- Go to UNetbootin - Homepage and Downloads and at the top of the page, click on Download (for Windows) to download the application.
- Follow the instructions further down the page under the heading Installation & Screenshots.
- Run the application to download and install the Linux version of choice to your flashdrive.
- I suggest that you try one of the following:
- Puppy Linux (download file size 128 MB)
- Ubuntu (download file size almost 700 MB).
[/list][/list] Boot the problematic machine from the LIVE CD or flashdrive.
- (You may have to configure the Boot Menu or BIOS Setup Menu to boot first from the optical/CD drive or the flashdrive, which ever you are using.)
- Choose to run the Linux operating system from the CD or flashdrive without making any changes to your computer.
Do NOT install Linux on your hard drive.
- When the Linux operating system loads ...
- You will be able to navigate to all the files on your HDD.
- You can backup your files by copying them to a flashdrive or an external hard drive.
- Before using the internet (if you choose to use Puppy, for example) you may have to:
- Configure/set up the internet connection
- Download a favourite browser
(With Ubuntu the foregoing should not be necessary.)
[/list]You may find one of the following guides useful:Recover files from Windows XP hard disk using Puppy LinuxRecover files from Windows Vista hard disk using Puppy LinuxRecover files from Windows 7 hard disk using Puppy Linux
The easiest way to copy files/folders in Puppy
is to drag-and-drop
from one window to another. To do this open a window showing what you want to copy. Open another window showing the location that you wish to copy to .... and move the windows so that you can conveniently see both at the same time.
Now, simply drag the items you wish to copy from one window into the other. Simple.
Edited by AustrAlien, 07 October 2011 - 09:43 PM.