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Old 03-25-2012, 01:52 PM   #1
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So I upgraded my computer with a new motherboard and CPU, which caused Windows 7 to bluescreen on startup every launch. I ended up deleting the partition with the system files (by booting from the Windows 7 disk) but when I went to reinstall Windows 7 I realized I only had 10GB of space left on my hard drive, whereas I needed 25GB.

What's the simplest way to access my HDD and delete some files I don't need?

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If you can get to the CMD(dos) window, that may be an option.

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How would I go about getting there? Windows is basically nonexistant on my computer right now, so I technically have no OS.
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you could use Ubuntu - this would eliminate the need to physically remove the Hard Drive.

You can get it from here: Download | Ubuntu

Step #2 on that page shows you how to create the USB/CD.

Once you boot into Ubuntu, (choose the option where it runs off the USB/CD) you can use it to copy your files from the Windows Partition to an external hard drive (Note: Do not copy anything to the Ubuntu Filesystem as it will not be saved on shut-down)
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first of all, if win7 is oem and originally came with your computer, legally you need to purchase another copy before installing.

There are a couple of ways you can access your files,
1. you can add the drive to another computer and copy the files over
2. boot to a linux live disk and copy the files to a usb drive.

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first of all, if win7 is oem and originally came with your computer, legally you need to purchase another copy before installing.

There are a couple of ways you can access your files,
1. you can add the drive to another computer and copy the files over
2. boot to a linux live disk and copy the files to a usb drive.

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Thanks for the replies.

No, this is a standalone Windows 7 Professional disk I bought (has both 32 and 64 bit versions, though I'm installing 64).

I tried using some other bootable OS's (DOS on USB, Slax, Damn Small Linux) but I couldn't figure out how to access my hard drive with them (and the mouse didn't actually work). Not too familiar with the linux terminal.
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Ubuntu live CD is a Gui desktop Click on try Ubuntu go to "Places" and select the Windows partition.

The reason Windows did not boot after you installed a new main board is because Windows did not reconize that new board that Windows has chipset drivers for the older board installed.

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