How to access external USB drive from a windows 7 recovery command prompt

Is there anyway to access an external usb drive when running a command prompt from the Window7 recovery disk.   Using Windows 7 dvd, hoping to repair a Vista machine ... when choosing the command prompt, is there anyway to get it to recognize an external usb drive.  At this point, all repair/recovery seems to fail.   Running "bootrec /ScanOs" returns no matches.  At this point, I would like to copy off the "Users" directory to an external disk.   Thanks.
 

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Last updated January 12, 2020 Views 62,094 Applies to:
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I think Mark is right but you could try the following.

From the recovery command prompt type

DISKPART

LIST DISK

This will give you a list of the disks that the recovery console can see. To see what partitions and volumes are on a disk you have to select the disk

SELECT DISK 0

LIST PARTITION

LIST VOLUME

SELECT DISK 1 etc.

This will give a list of what disks, partitions and volumes you can see from the recovery console. To exit DISPART type

EXIT

If you can see the needed disks in the above lists you can use copy or xcopy commands to copy the files between the disks and volumes. Note that the drive letters will probably not be the same as when you were running Windows.

If you can't see the disks or volumes then you have probably lost the data. The next step would be to try some third party disk repair tools or send the disk to a data recovery specialist.

Kerry Brown MS-MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
Kerry Brown MS-MVP - Windows Desktop Experience

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