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Old 10-19-2012, 06:21 PM   #1
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Hi, I was helping an elderly lady with her laptop. She uses windows 7, but she keeps having trouble with her facebook and she calls me every week about something. So I wanted to introduce her to Linux and best one I found to work with everything I use here is the Linux Mint version.

I used the program.. unetbootin to boot it off the harddrive.
Well I let her use it over night and by it being live, she didn't know how to boot to it. So I told her to shut it down and remove the USB drive.
Now for some reason her windows is completely gone! I booted to Linux and all the partitions are gone!
How is this possible? I didn't touch a thing to install it! Now I'm in some deep crap. I guest this is a warning to not use unetbootin to use Linux!
Now I can't install Linux, it errors out with a serious error. can't load the grub boot loader. Now I just hope her HDD isn't crashed.
Old 10-19-2012, 06:39 PM   #2
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...I used the program.. unetbootin to boot it off the harddrive. ...
Is my 'guess'
Old 10-19-2012, 07:06 PM   #3
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Unetbootin works perfectly well for its purpose, to put a Live CD on a flash drive. You haven't really explained what you did. Unetbootin is just a program to create a bootable Live CD on a flash drive. You install it to your windows or Linux distribution, run unetbootin to put whichever Linux you want on the flash and then boot it. Did you use the flash drive to install Mint to the hard drive or did you just have the Live CD of Mint on the flash? Was windows 7 the only OS previously on the computer? How did you boot to Linux? to determine all the windows partitions are gone? You should not be getting any Grub error if all you did was create a Mint OS on a flash drive, you should not have affected the windows bootloader. I expect some info is being left out here??
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sorry for lack of information....
Windows 7 was previously installed on her computer. I wanted to introduce her to Linux and I used a flash drive that I had previously created and booted from it instead of burning a DVD. The problem came the next day when she wanted to get on, it wouldn't go online and other issues. So I told her on the phone to turn it off and unplug the flash drive and boot into windows as normal and nothing will be touched.

To my surprise it just showed a blank screen. I went there to see what was going on. She was right, a white blinking cursor in the left top corner. ouch! So I attempted several ways to get back into windows and it wouldn't boot. So I tried to install Linux just to make the laptop usable, that's when I had all the problems as mentioned earlier.

I think the HDD as crashed, I don't know how for it's a new laptop, less then a year old. I resolved the issue by swapping out HDDs, it now works fine.
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Just to let you know, Simplicity, which I heard of on BBC Click, is a Linux distro for old people.
But I think it's pay though .


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