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Opened up a PC with two hdds - it was booting to windows previously  but wasnt recog any usb storage devices I attached.  Wanted to get data off.

Opened PC > Attached a usb to sata connector with a view to taking data off.  Didnt see any hdds so I reattached the hdds as was to PC  

Boot error > realized it was a striped raid perhaps

PC boots to error -  windows could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt
<windows root>\system 32\ntoskrnl.exe  

Booted up with UMBUNTU

Can see files I want
Copy to a usb drive

When I put usb drive in laptop with win7 it says - format usb drives - cannot read :-(

What to do?
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Your Windows  7 laptop probably doesn't understand the file system that Ubuntu created on the USB drive.
It is probably an ext3 or ext4 file system.
Try using ext2fsd
Install it on your Windows 7 laptop, you will probably have to reboot, and try opening the USB drive again.
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what pc is this?  and what disk drives are they?  sata or IDE ?


>>  Didnt see any hdds so I reattached the hdds as was to PC     <<  why did you disconnect them?  for connecting an usb to sata connector you do not need that they be disconnected normally
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nobus >

what pc is this?  and what disk drives are they?  sata or IDE ?

Its a Dell PC with x2 sata drives.

>>  Didnt see any hdds so I reattached the hdds as was to PC     <<  why did you disconnect them?  for connecting an usb to sata connector you do not need that they be disconnected normally

The only thing I did was
open the PC.
Remove sata / power cable from one sata drive.
Attach Sata and power cable from a portable Sata to usb reader and put the usb cable in my Laptop.

Its possible the two PC hdds were a striped raid and the two drives are confused now.

I didnt realise Id spanner the works by just trying to read the dirves separately.

Anyway the drive asked to be formatted so I disconnected
Reconnected the PC
Booted and now it wont go to windows :-(
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>>  Its a Dell PC with x2 sata drives. <<  sorry feck i asked " what pc is this" and you tell me it's a Dell ?  ?  come on you're joking - be serious Dell has thousands of models..
if you want a better answer -  post better details
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Dell service tag 1p5ng2j
Dimension 5200
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If I remove one hdd cable it boots to an error that mentions "striped raid" :-(
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that service tag gives a dell 9200 ??   what is correct?
but it seems you identified it as a raid 0 setup already.
check first if it is a software, or hardware raid  http://www.pcworld.com/article/132877/RAID.html
this means, for data copy - you need to have both disks connected to their controller - if it is hardware raid (probably fake raid)
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Thanks everyone
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