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Old 10-19-2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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need some help with ubuntu/linux running off of vista

I have a vista laptop that All i need to do is recover some files off of it, but unfortunately it has too many viruses and bsod's so I said forget that and just need to recover the files. I decided to use this guide.

but I am stuck at the part where I can't mount it.

Basically when I go to my harddrive on Ubuntu, It gives me this error.

"Error mounting mount exited with exited code 18. Failed to open hiberfil.sys data attribute. No such file or directory. Failed to mount /dev/sda2. No such file or directory.

If anyone can give me another way of recovering the files Id appreciate it, or if they can help me with this.

---------- Post added 10-19-11 at 01:00 PM ----------

So overall I am trying to force mount it, so I need the command for it Thanks.
Old 10-19-2011, 02:34 PM   #2
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How did you try to mount it?
Did you first create a mount point? Seems not as you get no such file or directory.
You need to be root user to do these types of things which means using sudo before any command.
Can you boot the Ubuntu CD and open a Terminal by clicking on the Applications tab and typing the following:

sudo fdisk -l (lower case Letter L in the command)

If you are using the most recent version of Ubuntu with Unity Desktop, there probably won't be an Applications tab so you will have to do a little searching to find the terminal. Post the output of the command above here.

If you are using Unity on Ubuntu there is some information on it at the link below:
Old 10-19-2011, 06:59 PM   #3
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You don't need to create a mount point for your Windoze drive if you are using the latest Ubuntu Live CD.

If your drive is functioning, you simply need to click on the "Places" menu and select "Computer".

It's hard to say from here, but it looks like your drive may be dead.
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If vista is bootable
Ccleaner & Malwarebytes

Run Ccleaner to clean temp files, the run it to clean registry.
Then run Malwarebytes
Then if you want Ubuntu make free space & install to it.
Ubuntu can also resizethe wins partition although it may say run CHKDISK 2x before it will resize partition.

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