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Win 7 Won't Boot Drive Ltrs Changed


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#1 Frank55

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 03:31 PM

Greetings Forumerions!

First the computer in question is:

Lenovo Laptop Z565 with Win 7 Home Premium 64 bit.

The last couple months the 'puter has been getting glitchy; it began by going into (auto) repair periodically, stating Windows didn't start. When this happened--it was always able to repair itself ... Until it didn't.

After failed attempts to "repair" the computer using the repair option I finally ran chkdsk. That seemed to have fixed the problem; however, I soon learned it was only temporary.

Once again, Windows wouldn't load, so I repeated my previous steps all in vein. Not giving up during one of the repair attempts I noticed that the "c:" partition was swapped with "e:" . In opening notepad I could see that all my files were now in "e:" and "c:" was empty.

Any input, guidance, advice would be greatly appreciated. I will add that (like most) I have data I can't lose and is not backed up (I know).

Cheers,
Frank

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 03:43 PM

Hemmm don't know but i would backup data fast on that system if i were you and you can get setup on that topic with a external for like $100.



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Posted 01 January 2017 - 03:58 PM

Hi Shadow,

Hemmm don't know but i would backup data fast on that system if i were you and you can get setup on that topic with a external for like $100.


I have an external drive and that is another procedure I am unschooled in i.e., backing up "properly" and "entirely" via the command prompt; however, I am aware that regardless in how I proceed--that will be step one.

Cheers,
Frank

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 04:11 PM

No need to do it at the command line unless you want to go hardcore, just download this, its a full live boot Os and close to immune to virus action.

 

https://linuxmint.com/



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Posted 01 January 2017 - 04:29 PM

No need to do it at the command line unless you want to go hardcore, just download this, its a full live boot Os and close to immune to virus action.
 
https://linuxmint.com/


I presume you mean to download to another computer and onto a thumb drive?

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Posted 01 January 2017 - 09:19 PM

Hi

 

Try this tutorial by Gary R

How to recover files from Windows using Puppy Linux

 


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Posted 02 January 2017 - 01:02 AM

I presume you mean to download to another computer and onto a thumb drive?

 

You can probably do it that way too but i was thinking download ISO and burn image to DVD, then boot computer from DVD, its live boot meaning the hole Os runs only off the DVD and doesn't need to be installed, mint is like winxp or win7 stile GUI, if you know how to use windows its not hard to know how to use mint, then you just plug in the external hdd and move files around with something in side mint that works kind of like Microsoft windows explorer.



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Posted 02 January 2017 - 02:56 PM

Nick, Shadow,

Thanks for the input--it's much appreciated.

Conversely, I would also like to know how to make repairs from the command prompt ...

Cheers,
Frank




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