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Old 09-18-2006, 06:26 AM   #1
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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:

Maxtor 6B200P0
189.92 GiB
/dev/hdb

General Information
Type: Hard Disk
Device: /dev/hdb
Speed: Not Available

and the partition info is this:
Partition 1
Partition Properties
Device: /dev/hdb1
Filesystem: Unformatted
Access Path: none
Size: 189.92 GiB (Free space not available)
Status: Inaccessible

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
 
Old 09-18-2006, 06:54 AM   #2
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Did you change the master/slave jumper on the remaining drive when you removed the first drive?
 
Old 09-18-2006, 10:31 AM   #3
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As it happens, no, I completely forgot! I'll do that now, then restart, then get back to looking at these forums :-)

Thanks
 
Old 09-18-2006, 11:09 AM   #4
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I've realised that the IDE cable connected to the current important HD was actually connected with my CD drive as master, and HD as slave, but I've fiddled around so that they're now connected to separate IDE ports on the mobo. I've also adjusted the HD jumper accordingly.

The only noticeable difference is that the HD now appears as /dev/hdc (and partition /dev/hdc1)

Still no improvement as far as getting hold of the data or partition itself, though
 
Old 09-18-2006, 05:17 PM   #5
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You might try Test Disk and Photo Rec. I tried them. They seem pretty good, and they're free.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download

Naturally I am obligated to mention that important data should be backed up.
 
  


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