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    unable to mount XP HD

    Newbie here, first let me say thanks for taking your time and helping me out.
    PC won't boot up under XP, and the person don't want to lose data.
    I've read that under Ubuntu I might salvage this person data.
    What I have tried so far:

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo /bin/bash
    root@ubuntu:~# mkdir /media/disk

    root@ubuntu:~# fdisk -l
    Disk /dev/sda: 320.1 GB, 320072933376 bytes
    86 heads, 15 sectors/track, 484606 cylinders, total 625142448 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00000001

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 0 268435454 134217727+ 4 FAT16 <32M

    Disk /dev/sda1: 137.4 GB, 137438952960 bytes
    86 heads, 15 sectors/track, 208089 cylinders, total 268435455 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00000001

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1p1 * 0 268435454 134217727+ 4 FAT16 <32M


    root@ubuntu:~# mount -t vfat -o unmask=000 /dev/sda1 /media/disk
    mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda1,
    missing codepage or helper program, or other error
    In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
    dmesg | tail or so

    root@ubuntu:~# dmesg | tail
    [ 56.476386] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth0: link becomes ready
    [59502.180441] FAT-fs (sda1): Unrecognized mount option "unmask=000" or missing value
    [59986.230858] EXT3-fs (sda1): error: can't find ext3 filesystem on dev sda1.
    [59986.231224] EXT4-fs (sda1): VFS: Can't find ext4 filesystem
    [59986.231485] FAT-fs (sda1): invalid media value (0xb9)
    [59986.231490] FAT-fs (sda1): Can't find a valid FAT filesystem
    [59986.243141] ISOFS: Unable to identify CD-ROM format.
    [59986.243631] SQUASHFS error: Can't find a SQUASHFS superblock on sda1
    [60133.380363] FAT-fs (sda1): Unrecognized mount option "unmask=OOO" or missing value
    [60149.660408] FAT-fs (sda1): Unrecognized mount option "unmask=000" or missing value
    root@ubuntu:~# mkdir -p /media/disk
    root@ubuntu:~# mount -t vfat -o iocharset=utf8,unmask=000 /dev/sda1 /media/disk
    mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda1,
    missing codepage or helper program, or other error
    In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
    dmesg | tail or so

    then after more research I found another command and gave that one a try:

    root@ubuntu:~# mkdir -p /media/disk
    root@ubuntu:~# mount -t vfat -o iocharset=utf8,unmask=000 /dev/sda1 /media/disk
    mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda1,
    missing codepage or helper program, or other error
    In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
    dmesg | tail or so

    root@ubuntu:~# dmesg |tail
    [59502.180441] FAT-fs (sda1): Unrecognized mount option "unmask=000" or missing value
    [59986.230858] EXT3-fs (sda1): error: can't find ext3 filesystem on dev sda1.
    [59986.231224] EXT4-fs (sda1): VFS: Can't find ext4 filesystem
    [59986.231485] FAT-fs (sda1): invalid media value (0xb9)
    [59986.231490] FAT-fs (sda1): Can't find a valid FAT filesystem
    [59986.243141] ISOFS: Unable to identify CD-ROM format.
    [59986.243631] SQUASHFS error: Can't find a SQUASHFS superblock on sda1
    [60133.380363] FAT-fs (sda1): Unrecognized mount option "unmask=OOO" or missing value
    [60149.660408] FAT-fs (sda1): Unrecognized mount option "unmask=000" or missing value
    [62315.725172] FAT-fs (sda1): Unrecognized mount option "unmask=000" or missing value


    Can someone help me mount this drive?
    this is a dell e310, not sure if model of pc needs to be given, but thanks once again.

  2. #2
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    Re: unable to mount XP HD

    Are you running Ubuntu on the drive from which you are trying to recover data? IF so, you would have better results if you either (1) ran Ubuntu from a LiveCD, or (2) ran Ubuntu from another hard drive, with the bad drive connected to that PC.

    Also, to mount the Windows partitions, you don't need to issue a mount command; instead, all you have to do is click on the "home" icon on the top-left of the navigation panel and select from the list of filesystems.
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