You could try the following which would copy over your files without Windows. Use the small linux Distro Puppy 5.2.8. You can download it here (middle of page) and burn the iso file by double clicking in Windows 7.
Boot the CD. You may have to change the boot order in BIOS to let your CD/DVD drive be the first boot device. When Puppy finishes loading you will see your hard drive in the lower left of the desktop labeled sda1. If you have more than one partiiton you will see sda2...3...4. Attach your USB flash drive. You will see a USB icon appear next to your hard drive(s) and CD drive. Click once on your hard drive. You will see a green dot appear next to the drive and the File Manager window will open like in Windows. Click once on the USB flash drive and a green dot will appear next to it also and a File Manager window will open.
Select the files in the hard drive by left clicking and dragging to the USB flash drive window. A dialog will appear asking if you would like to copy or move. You can select multiple files/folders by left clicking and windowing around them or left clicking while holding the Ctrl key. It sounds more complicated than it is.
When finished copying, right click the USB flash drive icon and select unmount. Then you can safely detach the flash drive.
Edited by JohnC_21, 12 May 2014 - 05:00 PM.