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I am trying to fix a friend's PC - it won't boot into Windows (XP). My first port of call is usually to boot Puppy Linux from my USB flash ...
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    Recovering a hard disk


    I am trying to fix a friend's PC - it won't boot into Windows (XP). My first port of call is usually to boot Puppy Linux from my USB flash disk. Puppy was able to see the hard drive but, when I mounted it, it didn't show any files. I have a few questions about this situation:
    1. Does this indicate that the hard disk is irrecoverable?
    2. If not, could installing Grub (or another boot loader) fix the booting issue?
    3. If Linux can't read it (it's NTFS but that shouldn't make any difference with ntfs-3g, right?) then is there any point in buying a USB enclosure and trying to retrieve data from it that way?

    There's no vital data on the hard drive and my friend is willing to replace it (~40 on Ebuyer should do the trick) but it would be nice if we could either get it working again or at least retrieve some data from it.

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    Take a look at TestDisk and/or PhotoRec to see if either of them might be able to help with your recovery efforts:

    TestDisk - CGSecurity
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