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I've got a 16 GB USB with 4 GB persistent memory running 10.04.3 Ubuntu on my T60 Thinkpad. (The Thinkpad is running WinXP if it makes any difference) The problem I'm running into is that I can't see or access the laptop's main HD through the file browser.

Using the disk utility, I can see that the 60GB drive is there, but I cannot access the files.

There is nothing wrong with the laptop's HD, I'm just trying to see if I can create a rescue USB to recover files.

Can anyone help me with some linux magic?

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Since you the partition is not getting mounted automatically you will have to mount it manually.

First find out the partition name it will be named like /dev/sda1 or /dev/hda1 [if not check /dev/sdb1 or /dev/sdb2]

create a folder /media/wind

 sudo mount /dev/sda1 /media/wind -t ntfs -o nls=utf8,umask=0222

This should mount your drive in /media/wind

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I checked with fdisk -l, and the partition is at sda1 but when I run the command, I get the following message: NTFS signature is missing. Failed to mount '/dev/sda1': Invalid Argument. The device '/dev/sda1' doesn't seem to have a valid NTFS. – khchan Jan 9 '12 at 16:36
    
root@x:/tmp# fdisk /dev/sda then type p+enter this will list all partition types – daya Jan 9 '12 at 16:58

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