After crashing, my windows laptop stopped booting up correctly (it boot loops instead of booting into windows). I used a windows recovery disk, and saw via the console that files could still be viewed so the hard-drive is not broken.
My goal is to back up my files before attempting to fix the windows install.
I currently have Ubuntu running from a CD (version 12.04 LTS) on it, but how do I access files from the hard-drive so I can back them up?
So far I've tried
fdisk -l which lists 3 partitions
/dev/sda3 but I can't mount them (it says the device doesn't exist) and when I
/dev/sda they aren't listed - only
sda is which also won't mount (it says it's the wrong file system type no matter which file system type I use).
How can I access the files on my hard drive?