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Old 02-04-2007, 01:44 PM   #1
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Viewing windows partition from kubuntu 6.60 live cd


A mate of mine has had a windows crash and needs to recover his documents, I thought about using kubuntu live cd to do this. I thought it would flash it up right infront of my eyes but it didn't. Any idea how this is done?

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Old 02-04-2007, 02:29 PM   #2
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I have sorted this problem out, please remove this post
 
Old 02-07-2007, 05:52 AM   #3
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Better yet, tell us how you solved the problem, you might help someone else who has the same problem.
 
Old 02-07-2007, 06:17 AM   #4
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I think I can explain it here briefly

You will need to determine on which drive your Windows installation is or on which drive it is that you want to recover data from. This is if you don't know already though, so to do this type fdisk -l or sudo fdisk -l (On other distributions you might require to su to root).

Mine in particular looks like this:

Code:
   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1   *           1        2550    20482843+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2            2551       11876    74911095    f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda3           11877       14444    20627460   83  Linux
/dev/sda4           14445       14593     1196842+  82  Linux swap / Solaris
/dev/sda5            2551       11876    74911063+   7  HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdb: 120.0 GB, 120034123776 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 14593 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1           11983       14593    20972857+  83  Linux
/dev/sdb2               2       11982    96237382+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sdb5               2       11982    96237351    7  HPFS/NTFS
As we can see sda1, sda5 and sdb5 are all NTFS drives, so now we need to mount these and make them readable. I know sda1 for me is my 'C' drive on Windows and sdb5 is 'D' and sda5 is 'E'. This doesn't really matter but for convenience I'm going to mount them like that.

so: sudo mkdir /mnt/Win_C /mnt/Win_D /mnt/Win_E

This will create your mountpoints. Now let's edit the fstab so that these partitions are permanently mounted.

Open up your fstab as root user with your favorite text editor: sudo gedit /etc/fstab

Code:
/dev/sda1       /mnt/Win_C       ntfs        defaults,umask=0 0 0
/dev/sdb5       /mnt/Win_D       ntfs        defaults,umask=0 0 0
/dev/sda5       /mnt/Win_E       ntfs        defaults,umask=0 0 0
That's how I added mine, you can just change yours according to your HDD's. If you have IDE hard drives it will be /dev/hda and not sda . Now for the final part:

sudo mount -a

That will mount all your drives in fstab. Now you can browse to /mnt/Win_C or whichever you created with your file browser (Konqueror/Nautilus/Thunar) or do ls /mnt/Win_C to see whether you can see the files 8-)

Hope this helps someone sometime

Last edited by netstrider; 02-07-2007 at 06:20 AM.
 
Old 02-11-2007, 07:19 PM   #5
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It was even easier than that. It was a simple case of RTFM. I went on to the kubuntu website and read their introductory PDF, it had simple instructions, how to get the connection for NTFS as FAT32.

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Old 02-11-2007, 07:20 PM   #6
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I will add, that it was one or two lines, really VERY simple, even I followed it!!!

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