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Here's my story: My wife's Dell Mini 9 Netbook with Windows XP OS died. It has a 16GB SSD. I was in the middle of installing HP printer software when ...
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- 08-25-2010 #1
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- Aug 2010
cfdisk not working?
I've been able to boot using Damn Small Linux using an external cd drive. When I type 'fdisk -l' I get:
Disk /dev/hda: 15.4 GB, 15408046080 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1873 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk /dev/hda doesn't contain a valid partition table
My wife has lots of pictures on the drive that she would like so I took it to a couple data recovery places and they were charging anywhere from $1000 just for jpegs up to $2600 for all files retrieved. That's more than I can budget for this. So my wife accepted the fact that the pictures are gone, but I figured I might as well try what I can because we have nothing more to lose.
I thought I'd try to get a hard drive cubby and attach it through USB to a working PC, but apparently Dell's SSDs are proprietary and the design is not accomodated. I thought maybe just the partition table information got erased somehow, so I tried using gparted and it found nothing. Whenever I use cfdisk and create partitions, I quit cfdisk after writing and it still says there is no valid partition table. I have no other ideas as to what I can do. Any advice? (I'm very new to Linux, btw)
Thanks for any help you can provide!
- 08-25-2010 #2