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Join Date: Feb 2011
03-18-2011, 04:38 AM
This is a fool proof method: Download this Knoppix live CD:
If you need to run it from a USB drive, you can do that too:
Install Knoppix 6 to a USB Flash Drive in Windows | USB Pen Drive Linux
Basically, it's a linux live system that boots up, detects your hardware, installs drivers, runs the system from ram, then kicks you into a READY TO USE desktop. All this from a CD or USB drive WITHOUT touching the system drive. VERY slick setup.
Once it boots up you have a full web browser, word processer, media player, and access to all of the hard drives on the system.
Once you get the desktop open look for a program in the start menu called "Gparted". This is a simple hard drive partitioning software. You can use it to check your hard drives and actually make an initial Fat32 partition so Windows has an easier way to get in.
Knoppix is also VERY useful for alot of other stuff like information recovery from a dying system or hard drive. I would HIGHLY recommend setting up a USB drive with it for future use even if you find a way around using it right now. It's been one of the most powerful tools Ive had for PC repair/diagnoses since it doesn't need a running Windows system to work.
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