Serious problem with supposedly unformatted HD after installing Ubuntu
I built this computer from scratch, roughly 18 months ago, with two hard drives - one for (Windows XP) OS and other software, and the other for docs, music, video etc. Over the last few months, the machine would erratically either freeze or reboot, for no apparent reason. Some time last week the machine gave up the ghost completely. HOWEVER, I think it's down to my first hard drive, so I took it out and thought I'd install Linux on my second hard drive - the one with all my IMPORTANT data on it....
Anyway, I'm running an Ubuntu live CD, and I did something last night with partitions and I'm not sure what
Basically, I can't seem to mount the drive at all. It's on /dev/hdb I think - these are the properties I get from Disks Manager:
Type: Hard Disk
Speed: Not Available
and the partition info is this:
Access Path: none
Size: 189.92 GiB (Free space not available)
If I try hitting "Enable" the window goes into "thinking mode" for a sec and then back to how it was before.
Anybody got any ideas? Last night this was an NTFS drive and whilst it wasn't actually working with Linux the data was at least safe. I really need the data on this drive - not necessarily today or tomorrow, but within the next week or 3 if possible. Whilst in a few days I will have a Windows XP install disc (eurgh!) and a brand new HD to replace the old one, I don't currently have anything else to test in the machine or anything......
Does anybody have a good idea? I've very little experience of installing Linux on machines that aren't brand new and void of important data
Many thanks in advance