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I'm running a live version of d.s.l. on a CD on my computer in an attempt to recover files from a Windows XP installation. Reading tutorials, I opened emelFM to locate the drives. I went to /mnt/ and the folders listed were "auto", "cdrom", "floppy", "hd", "test", and another called "unionfs_goose". None of them had anything listed in them.

I can't get files from my drive if the hard drive cannot be mounted. I haven't found anything (that worked) that could address this specific issue (i.e. nobody has this problem). What can I do to fix it?

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You could try a more modern OS that may have better luck understanding newer disk controllers. Try, say, an Ubuntu LiveCD. –  Big Chris Jul 1 at 21:28
    
Thanks, but the only reason I'm using d.s.l. is because my computer is old and can only boot from hard drive or cd-rom. Ubuntu and similar OSes are over 1gb; they need to be about 900mB or smaller. –  Not used to Linux Jul 1 at 21:32
    
Ah. Ok. Is the hard disk IDE? Run dmesg | grep hd to see if it can see any hard disks and/or partitions. –  Big Chris Jul 1 at 21:36
    
Sorry for the wait, I had issues with my keyboard being UK layout configured with US layout. Anyway, I got the following: <6> ide1: BM-DMA at 0x1418-0x141f, BIOS settings: hdc::DMA, hdd:pio <4> hdc: HL-DT-ST DVD-RW GWA-4082N, ATAPI CD/DVD-ROM drive <4>hdc: attached ide-scsi driver –  Not used to Linux Jul 1 at 21:45
    
What does cat /etc/fstab return? –  Big Chris Jul 1 at 21:53

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