Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Tucson, AZ, USA
Re: Another computer question. (Boot from another HDD)
Easiest way to do this is with a USB stick ≥ 4b.
Download Unetbootin, and Ubuntu (or another Live Linux distribution) from a working PC that you have administrator rights to.
Then use Unetbootin to create a 'live', runable disk using the Linux Distribution you downloaded, the steps are fairlly self explanitory, but there are also a bunch of walkthroughs online
Insert the USB stick into a USB port on the computer
From the BIOS (i.e. when the computer first starts up, usually at the manufacturers Logo popping up (about a second or less into the boot process)), press F8 (sometimes F2 and sometimes F12) and select the USB stick from the "Boot Menu",
this will boot into a small menu, asking you essentially what you want to do. Select "Try Linux without installing", and then it will boot you into an live Operating System, and it will mount the disks for you. You can then access (though usually not write to) the disk you're trying to access.
This can also be done using a burned CD if your computer won't recognized a bootable USB stick (though most over the past 9-10 years do).