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Recover Fedora Installation, USB Drive no longer there!

asked 2016-02-24 22:29:26 -0500

Please bear with me, I just got this computer installed with Fedora, and have never used Linux before. I have been doing my best to google what I can, but I have spent the last 60 hours trying to get this, and its just one thing after another, and im on time constraints. Because this language is so unfamiliar to me, i dont know what to look for or how to ask, and every single forum i have read on topics seem to be aimed at someone who is at least somewhat aware of the language and goings on of linux and terminal.

i have been trying to set up a virtual machine in fedora to install windows, as i have to use windows for work.

Before making any changes, i placed the fedora 23 iso to a mounted usb that was formatted.

when trying to set up a VM, no kvm or kernal is found, so i looked up some things on how to do this, and things just kept telling me to download one thing after another. so i started, and it would say complete. somewhere along the way my internet browser froze and would not close for over 2 hours. so i did a reboot.

the reboot would not shut down, it was just a black screen but i could hear processes running. This went on for a very long time, so I hard reset the computer.

It booted fine to Fedora, but now it will not read my usb drive at all, and im afraid there is much more damage.

My USB was under drive sdc1 when i ran fdisk, and it would also show up in my files. but after the restart, when i run fdisk, sdc1 does not show up at all, and there are no files. Nothing.

What do I do???

Can i recover the fedora install on boot - how to do this in a language i understand - and if so, if the drive is not being read how can i do this?

I really want to like Linux after reading alot of good things about it, but im really starting to hate it. i have wasted days and hours and hours of time just trying to figure out the basics....... please please help

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answered 2016-02-25 08:31:17 -0500


i figured it out.

KVM disabled by Bios, I had to reboot and select BIOS upon startup, navigate to kvm and enable. Now i am able to use the virtualization and am installing Windows.

I also was able to access my usb through Disks even though it would not show up elsewhere or with fdisk. Then i had to erase and reformat, it was new so i didnt have too much on there. then i created partitions, and was able to mount and then see the stick in my files.

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Asked: 2016-02-24 22:29:26 -0500

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