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that is because /dev/hdc is your entire drive... but you need to mount a partition, that is why i mentioned "sfdisk -l" because this will give you a more precise overview of what partition you are looking for, example:
fdisk -l output:
Disk /dev/hda: 19485 cylinders, 16 heads, 63 sectors/track
Units = cylinders of 516096 bytes, blocks of 1024 bytes, counting from 0
Device Boot Start End #cyls #blocks Id System
/dev/hda1 * 0+ 61 62- 31216+ 83 Linux
/dev/hda2 62 1053 992 499968 82 Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/hda3 1054 19484 18431 9289224 83 Linux
/dev/hda4 0 - 0 0 0 Empty
so here you can see that we will not want to mount /dev/hda2 since this is the swap space, hda1 looks ok, but it is too small, and i know that this is my /boot partition so in this case i would want to have a look at hda3. this means i do following:
mount /dev/hda3 /mnt/foo