Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Linux, Unix › Linux to save Windows files?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Linux to save Windows files?

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Ok Loooong story made short... friends old laptop (Compaq) Ide hdd took a poop couple days ago. Was unable to boot to windows. (Condensing the issues and options followed) I gave him a couple options to try and salvage data files but he doesnt have the money or resources.
Decided we'd go with burning him a copy of Linux Ubuntu live boot disk to see if we could access his old hdd. Good news is that he was able to boot into LInux bad news is that hes unable to access his old hdd.

These are his words about the problems (Yeah that sounded exactly like the process I did....but the volume named Presario 46 gig, would never mount....just kept giving me the failed to mount, chkdsk and bootx2 advice....I tried to boot it 10 or 15 times thinking if it would just mount I could pull everything over to the ext hd...I even made a folder to pull everything into.

The utility included with the orig ubuntu even said that no attempts to make changes on that volume would be allowed until I did the dskchk bootx2 thing).

(Ok...it says unable to mount location 60GB Hard Disk: 47GB Filesystem

"DBus error org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.NoReply" (What the heck?) Then gives possible reasons included no network connection, remote connection did not send a reply,bus security policy blocked....etc.

I will follow the instructions for typing commands in a terminal to force the volume to open but I don't have the exact command that would haveappeared in my details section...."I'll just use his commands in the article....what else can I do?)

Hes simply trying to access his old hdd and transfer them to his external hdd which hes able to access using Ubuntu.

These are sites we've already read and it doesnt seem to be working for him

http://www.howtogeek.com/howto/windo...dows-computer/
Edited by Bugs - 6/7/10 at 6:18pm
Dont Look!!
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 3.3GHz ASUS P8P67 XFX HD R9 290 4gb DDR5 G.SKILL Ripjaws 16Gb DDR3 @1600 MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Gskill Phoenix III SSD + 2x VelociRaptor 10000 ... Asus Thermaltake Frio Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Element 32" @ 1920x1080  Alienware TactX Antec Gamer 750 Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower 
MouseAudio
Logitech G9x HT Omega Striker 7.1 
  hide details  
Reply
Dont Look!!
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 3.3GHz ASUS P8P67 XFX HD R9 290 4gb DDR5 G.SKILL Ripjaws 16Gb DDR3 @1600 MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Gskill Phoenix III SSD + 2x VelociRaptor 10000 ... Asus Thermaltake Frio Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Element 32" @ 1920x1080  Alienware TactX Antec Gamer 750 Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower 
MouseAudio
Logitech G9x HT Omega Striker 7.1 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 5
Greetz
I have been using Linux for many years but I'm going to recommend that for trouble this deep that you use a windows style bootable Live CD. The first thing I would do would be to use an Imagining tool like Ghost or Drive Image to make a copy, whether to file or another drive, assuming his data is important to him. Then it doesn't matter if you mess something up or the drive fives out all together.

Those tools and many more important to you can be found on Hirens Boot CD. There are hard drive tools, hardware and file system recovery tools, file system scanner/fixers, partition fixers and malware and virus scanners that get the latest definitions on the fly.

Just go get it. You'll be amazed.
NewMain
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 - 3550 Asrock Z77 Extreme4 Gigabyte GTX 760  4x2GB Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate SATA 2TB x 2  Plextor PX-891SAW CM-Hyper N520 Slackware 14, Studio KUbuntu, OpenSuSe 12.3, Wi... 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
32" Vizio HDTV + DLP Logitech Wireless Corsair HX-850 Antec Sonata I 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Razer DeathAdder 2013 dual ESI Juli@ CoolGear ExtSata Enclosure w/ Optical and 3TB S... 
  hide details  
Reply
NewMain
(16 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 - 3550 Asrock Z77 Extreme4 Gigabyte GTX 760  4x2GB Corsair Vengeance 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Seagate SATA 2TB x 2  Plextor PX-891SAW CM-Hyper N520 Slackware 14, Studio KUbuntu, OpenSuSe 12.3, Wi... 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
32" Vizio HDTV + DLP Logitech Wireless Corsair HX-850 Antec Sonata I 
MouseMouse PadAudioOther
Razer DeathAdder 2013 dual ESI Juli@ CoolGear ExtSata Enclosure w/ Optical and 3TB S... 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 5
If the HDD is failing, a different OS won't really help with recovery. If you've enabled NTFS support properly and you keep getting errors, I'd say enorbet2's suggestion will probably be best.
Deimos
(11 items)
 
Pluto
(18 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 1090T Biostar TA890FXE Nvidia GTX 470 Corsair Vengence 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 830 MZ-7PC128D/AM Western Digital Black Western Digital Green Western Digital Blue 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Dtek v2 Water Windows 7 Pro Fedora 16 LG4250 42" LCD TV 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Ergo Silverstone ST-1000P Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudio
X-Trac Ripper Asus D1 
  hide details  
Reply
Deimos
(11 items)
 
Pluto
(18 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
AMD 1090T Biostar TA890FXE Nvidia GTX 470 Corsair Vengence 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Samsung 830 MZ-7PC128D/AM Western Digital Black Western Digital Green Western Digital Blue 
CoolingOSOSMonitor
Dtek v2 Water Windows 7 Pro Fedora 16 LG4250 42" LCD TV 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Microsoft Ergo Silverstone ST-1000P Cooler Master Cosmos 1000 Logitech G500 
Mouse PadAudio
X-Trac Ripper Asus D1 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 5
Are you getting that error while in a GUI file browser like Dolphin, Thunar, etc? If you use startx instead of kdm or gdm then you might not have permission to mount. You must add ck-launch-session before your exec line in $HOME/.xinitrc


If that's not the case then do this:

sudo fdisk -l
see which volume label the partition is. Suppose it's /dev/sdb2

Try mounting:
sudo mount /dev/sdb2 /mnt

If you want to write to an NTFS filesystem then you will need 2 packages called (might vary per distro) ntfs-3g and ntfsprogs. You can still mount without these packages, but they will appear as read/execute for root, nothing for users.

If you still can't mount then you might want to check out a disk utility called gsmartcontrol. It has SMART monitoring features and a bunch of other stuff. If that doesn't detect the drive then it's completely toast.
PWNzershreck
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4930K @ 4.6 GHz ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition MSI GTX 1080 FE Heatkiller Acetal 16 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600C9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x Samsung 840 Pro  ASUS DVD-RW SATA Koolance 380i & 2x HW Labs 480GTX Arch Linux x86_64, Windows 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG UC88-B Ultrawide, ASUS VS278Q Ducky Corsair AX1200i Caselabs STH10 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G500 Func 1030 ASUS Xonar Essence STX 
  hide details  
Reply
PWNzershreck
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4930K @ 4.6 GHz ASUS Rampage IV Black Edition MSI GTX 1080 FE Heatkiller Acetal 16 GB Corsair Vengeance 1600C9 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x Samsung 840 Pro  ASUS DVD-RW SATA Koolance 380i & 2x HW Labs 480GTX Arch Linux x86_64, Windows 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
LG UC88-B Ultrawide, ASUS VS278Q Ducky Corsair AX1200i Caselabs STH10 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G500 Func 1030 ASUS Xonar Essence STX 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
I will give it a shot....
Dont Look!!
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 3.3GHz ASUS P8P67 XFX HD R9 290 4gb DDR5 G.SKILL Ripjaws 16Gb DDR3 @1600 MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Gskill Phoenix III SSD + 2x VelociRaptor 10000 ... Asus Thermaltake Frio Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Element 32" @ 1920x1080  Alienware TactX Antec Gamer 750 Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower 
MouseAudio
Logitech G9x HT Omega Striker 7.1 
  hide details  
Reply
Dont Look!!
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i5-2500K @ 3.3GHz ASUS P8P67 XFX HD R9 290 4gb DDR5 G.SKILL Ripjaws 16Gb DDR3 @1600 MHz 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
Gskill Phoenix III SSD + 2x VelociRaptor 10000 ... Asus Thermaltake Frio Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Element 32" @ 1920x1080  Alienware TactX Antec Gamer 750 Antec DF-85 Black ATX Full Tower 
MouseAudio
Logitech G9x HT Omega Striker 7.1 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Linux, Unix
Overclock.net › Forums › Software, Programming and Coding › Operating Systems › Linux, Unix › Linux to save Windows files?