I'm going to try to lay this out for you in a way that doesn't waste your time with going down dead ends
Here's a summary of what we can try first.
- Make a bootable USB flash drive with Parted Magic on it
- Connect the bootable USB flash drive and the 320GB external drive to the emachine
- Turn on the emachine and get into the BOOT MENU so we can boot from the USB flash drive
- Mount the 120GB internal drive and the 320GB external drive
- See if the files on the 120GB drive are visible and if they are, copy them to the 320GB drive (copying your most important files first)
If this works then we'll talk about repairing your booting problem.LET ME KNOW IF YOU HEAR THAT SAWING NOISE
That sounds more like a noise a fan would make and not a hard drive but we don't know for sure yet.Make a bootable USB flash drive with Parted Magic on it
You'll need to do this on your Windows 7 Laptop.
Your emachine probably needs a different copy of PartedMagic to run instead of the standard one so let's get that first. Download and save this ISO file...http://sourceforge.net/projects/partedmagic/files/partedmagic/Parted%20Magic%202012_10_10/pmagic_2012_10_10_i486.iso/download
It is pretty big (about 250MB). Remember where you save it.
Plug in the USB flash drive. Make sure that anything already on it is not important because we will be deleting everything on it when we make it bootable.
Download and run Unetbootin (it's a tool to make bootable USB flash drives)http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/unetbootin-windows-latest.exe
Click next to Diskimage and next to where it says ISO select the large ISO that you downloaded. Make sure that the proper USB flash drive is selected and click OK
I did it on my Win7 computer and here is what it looked like right before I clicked okay (G: is my flash drive)
Next plug the USB flash drive into the emachine and also plug the 320GB external drive into it. Turn on the emachine and see if you can boot it from the USB flash drive. If you have any trouble let me know.
If it is successful, it will give you a blue list of options.
Choose 1. Default Settings (Runs from RAM)
and it should boot into PartedMagic after a few moments.
When it finishes booting you will notice that it looks kind of like a Windows desktop. The button in the lower left works like the START button in Windows XP and allows you to select and run various programs or shutdown the computer. To make things easy, I’ll just refer to this as the START button.Mount the 120GB internal drive and the 320GB external drive
Click the MOUNT DEVICES
button in the lower left of the desktop
and it will open a window with a list of disks that you can mount. It will also open a file manager similar to Windows Explorer.
In the Mount-gtk window, click the green MOUNT
button for /media/sda1 (should be your 160GB drive) and click the green MOUNT
button for the 320GB drive (which might be /media/sdb1 or /media/sdc1) and the button should turn into a red UNMOUNT
button.STOP HERE AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU ARE NOT SURE WHICH TO CLICK
Now go into that file manager window and click on sda1 in the left pane and see if you see your files. If you do, you can right-click them and choose COPY
and then click on the 320GB drive in the left pane and right-click in there and choose PASTE
. Just like in Windows.
This way you should be able to get your important files backed up to the external drive.STOP AND ASK IF YOU HAVE ANY PROBLEMS OR SOMETHING LOOKS DIFFERENT THAN I DESCRIBE
We are not doing anything dangerous here and it is easy to restart and try again.