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:
- Does this indicate that the hard disk is irrecoverable?
- If not, could installing Grub (or another boot loader) fix the booting issue?
- 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.
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