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Posted 28 July 2017 - 05:29 AM
Posted 28 July 2017 - 06:38 AM
If you are using a Microsoft account to login then it's possible the files are encrypted. You can either remove the drive and attach it to another computer via a USB adapter allowing your to recover your data and restore the files you altered or boot a live linux disk to do the same. If booting a live linux disk you need to disable SecureBoot if this option is in your UEFI settings or on a on a HP with UEFI you can tap Esc and select Legacy Boot for the DVD of linux or you can use a USB flash drive and Rufus with the linux iso to create a bootable USB flash drive.
Posted 28 July 2017 - 06:50 AM
If you do not want to remove the drive and connect it to another computer using an adapter the only way to retrieve your files is using a Live Linux Disk. This would run in RAM and off the DVD or USB flash drive.
You can download Mint Cinnamon and boot to the desktop. Click Computer and attach a USB external drive to recovery your data.
Posted 28 July 2017 - 07:07 AM
Posted 28 July 2017 - 08:35 AM
You can burn a DVD by right clicking the iso file in any Windows 7 or later computer and selecting Burn Disk Image. Do you have any DVDs available? The iso of the linux iso is about 1.5GB. Do you have any bandwidth limits on your internet connection?
You would not be installing linux, only creating a bootable USB flash drive and booting it to recovery your files to an external hard drive. Once the USB flash drive is created then tap Esc at boot and select your USB flash drive.
Run Rufus with the USB flash drive attached. Select MBR partition scheme for BIOS and UEFI. Leave all boxes as checked. Where FreeDos is shown in the dropdown box select iso image, click the icon, and browse to the Mint iso file. Press Start. Any data on the flash drive will need to be backed up as the drive will be formatted.
Posted 28 July 2017 - 11:19 AM
Posted 28 July 2017 - 11:27 AM
How big is your flash drive? Are you planning on using the flash drive to boot linux and also save files to it?
There are smaller distros that will work, Puppy linux is only about 200MB but copying files is a little different. I can provide instructions.
You would download Tahrpup.
Posted 28 July 2017 - 07:55 PM
Ok, I downloaded the Puppy .iso file. How do I set it up though? I can't burn it to a disk because the only disk I have is a readable one.
Posted 28 July 2017 - 08:20 PM
Do you have a spare USB flash drive that is 1GB or larger. If so then use Rufus per my instructions. Attach the flash drive then boot while tapping Esc. You will see the flash drive listed. Select Legacy.
Posted 28 July 2017 - 09:15 PM
Yes I do, could you provide me a download link to rufus? It seems like I can't connect to the site (rufus.akeo.ie). It might be this computer since it is very old.
Posted 28 July 2017 - 09:19 PM
Here is another link.
Posted 28 July 2017 - 09:35 PM
I can't seem to change the settings. The drop down menus don't work. This is portable. Should I have installed Installer?
Posted 28 July 2017 - 09:41 PM
Portable should work. I don't understand why you cannot use the dropdown menus. The only one you need to change would be iso image if you see FreeDos in the dropdown box.
If you still cannot get it to work use the installer version.
Edited by JohnC_21, 28 July 2017 - 09:42 PM.
Posted 28 July 2017 - 09:45 PM
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