January 2, 2015

Running different distros from a thumbdrive, some dont recognise my main HDD on Win7..?

Hello, a little background first.....

I am new to Linux, and I'm tired of Windows. A buddy of mine gave me a bootable thumbdrive with at least 5 or 6 different distros to try. I took the advice I found here, and used this bootable thumbdrive to just try the different Linux distros on my laptop.

My laptop is a Toshiba fairly new, and fairly high powered (Intel i7, 8GB Ram, 500Gb 7200RPM HDD), and runs Windows 7 Home Premium.

My question is:
Why did certain distros like Fedora, see and mount my HDD no problem, but others like Mint and Elementary, didn't see my HDD at all, or saw it but would not mount it?

Is it because I was running from a USB stick, and once I partition and install to HDD it won't be a problem? or is it my hardware is just not compatible with certain distros? Or......?

Thank you for your response.

My first response would be to find out what version of the distributions are...

My first response would be to find out what version of the distributions are you trying to run? If you're running an older version, it may not recognize the controller for your HDD. I've seen it happen before. Go grab the latest versions at distrowatch and try again.

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