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  1.    17 Mar 2017 #11
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    Quote Originally Posted by trembuzz View Post
    Should I be creating a Fat32 or NTFS
    Do not bother about formatting. Rufus will format the pen drive during the process. ( of course Rufus will tell you that you will lose all data when it formats the pendrive. So backup any data on the pendrive before you start Rufus. In other words it should be an empty pen drive without any data)
    You can use any Linux distro to make the live Linux pen drive but with Lucid Puppy you have this my guide here to navigate through the unknown territory. Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer - Windows 7 Help Forums
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  2.    17 Mar 2017 #12
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    I used the universal installer app to make the bootable usb pendrive as rufus looked a bit more involved. Nothing appears in the drop downs in rufus and didn't know how to use the program. Do I need rufus as well?
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  3.    17 Mar 2017 #13
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    While it does not matter which way you created the bootable pendrive, I had later chosen Rufus as it is the easiest. You are missing something if you are unable to use Rufus.

    One important point is you must plug in the pendrive and then run Rufus. Your device (pendrive) should be listed in the Device field. Rest as per the screenshot in my post #8 here Is there any way of saving a completely unrecognisable hard drive? Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums Make sure that you remove all other pendrives /external HDDs so that you do not format a wrong device.

    If you are unable to use Rufus, post the screenshot and I shall tell you where you are going wrong.
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  4.    18 Mar 2017 #14
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    Quote Originally Posted by trembuzz View Post
    I used the universal installer app to make the bootable usb pendrive as rufus looked a bit more involved. Nothing appears in the drop downs in rufus and didn't know how to use the program. Do I need rufus as well?
    t
    Rufus is a lot more involved. Tuxboot is not helpful. LinuxLive USB Creator is a whole lot easier. It is just like burning a disc media. Another is Win32 Disk Imager, which is easier than LinuxLive USB creator.
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  5.    18 Mar 2017 #15
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    I would like to know how Rufus is lot more involved. Download Rufus 2.12. Download Lupu 528.005iso.

    Plug in your pendrive. Run Rufus.

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    Check the correct Device is shown. ( If you have more than one device plugged in select the correct device using the drop down arrow.)

    In "Create bootable disk using" select ISO Image in the dropdown arrow.

    Click on the Disk Icon next to the field, navigate to the location where you had downloaded LUPU ISO, click on it and then click on Start.

    Rufus will do its job.

    If this is so much involved, OMG, Windows itself is too much involved. Linux is much more involved.And data recovery using Live Linux way too much involved.

    Nothing happens at the flick of your index finger.
    Last edited by jumanji; 18 Mar 2017 at 05:06.
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  6.    18 Mar 2017 #16
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    And @bro67, just to confirm how easy and less involved it is to create a bootable Live Linux pen drive with Win32 Disk Imager as suggested by you, I downloaded it from SourceForge.

    It would not recognise the lupu-528.005.iso. (asking for only *.img., and *. IMG), When forced to take the .iso file by *.* , it wrote something to the pen drive but it was not bootable. The pendrive has some unrecognisable file system and needs to be formatted. Can you please guide me how to create a bootable pendrive with that iso using Win32 Disk Imager? Even the OP will require that if he has to follow your suggestion.

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  7.    18 Mar 2017 #17
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    I've already created the pen drive. I was missing putting the empty drive in! (duh)
    Anyway, if lucid puppy is doing the grunt work all is ready to go except the hardware which should arrive early next week.
    Thanks again for your help. I will post again with my results.
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  8.    18 Mar 2017 #18
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    Never mind. We all overlook certain things and learn from our mistakes.. I guessed that you wouldn't have plugged in your pen drive. .

    Now till you get your new drive, you can experiment with Lucid Puppy. Check whether you are able to boot from it and see the existing drives. You can also connect other working external drives/Flash drives and get to know how those are presented in Linux. You can try mounting and unmounting the drives , copy the files from one drive to another etc., Just make sure you do not delete the files . Do not move the files . Only copy.
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  9.    18 Mar 2017 #19
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    Quote Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
    Never mind. We all overlook certain things and learn from our mistakes.. I guessed that you wouldn't have plugged in your pen drive. .

    Now till you get your new drive, you can experiment with Lucid Puppy. Check whether you are able to boot from it and see the existing drives. You can also connect other working external drives/Flash drives and get to know how those are presented in Linux. You can try mounting and unmounting the drives , copy the files from one drive to another etc., Just make sure you do not delete the files . Do not move the files . Only copy.
    Yeah was going to do a few dry runs just for those reasons. Great minds think alike? Fools seldom differ. lol
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  10.    21 Mar 2017 #20
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    Files are copying as I write this. It'll be a long process as there are over two and a half tb's of data and of course lucid puppy doesn't support usb 3. So how is it that windows couldn't access the files but Linux can? I did notice that the recycle bin was reported as corrupt when I tried to open the drive in windows. Could this have been the root of the problem and could a corrupt recycle bin render a complete drive inaccessible?
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