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Remove laptop hard drive and connect via usb to desktop

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June 23, 2011 7:08:17 PM

I have a HP Pavilion dv7-4065ei. It is pre-installed with Windows7. I was fine with everything, but then I tried to install ubuntu onto a partition that I created. I booted the disk with ubuntu and installed ubuntu. Except when I installed ubuntu, I by mistake installed ubuntu on one of the hard drive partitions that held the windows installation. Now my windows is all messed up. The computer does not boot into windows and I have to interrupt the computer when it is booting and make it forcefully boot under ubuntu. My Questions:

1. I know how to remove my laptop hard drive and connect it to a desktop using a usb. I have the bridge available to me. However, when I connect it, it shows on my desktop as one drive, which has no format. Windows on my Desktop automatically asks me to format the drive, which I don't want to. Not untill I recover my files. I wanted to know, why the drive does not show on my desktop all partitioned like it does when I boot into ubuntu using the hard drive when connected to the laptop. I want to be able to just back up my files from the laptop's hard drive onto windows desktop which is also connected to a Samsung G3 Station. Any help ?

2. As for installing ubuntu onto one of the windows partition, it formatted my drive and I lost my data, any way to recover it ? If so, how ?

Hope to hear from someone, I am in desparate need.

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Thank you so much every1.

Kind Regards.


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a b G Storage
June 23, 2011 7:48:55 PM

Your HP should have come with a recover partition which can be used to recover you hard drive and put it back to original condition. Unless Ubuntu also removed that partition. . .

Also, some USB adapters only allow Windows to see the first of multiple primary partitions. And Windows does not understand your Ubuntu partitions so they are ignored.