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    Hi there I'm hoping someone can help.

    I had a PC crash that seems to have stuffed up my XP Pro hard drive. I'm hoping to do a repair on it.

    I have a Live CD for PC LinuxOS and have booted up with it.

    I can't get it to see the hard drive though. The drive is being seen as part of the bios, so it is being "seen" by the PC.

    How can I access it?

    Ta

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    First, if BIOS sees the drive it doesn't mean it is healthy. It just can communicate with controller which is located inside of hard drive (unless it's SCSI).
    Second, if you want to repair it you do not want to mount it. Repair utilities can make a mess of your filesystems if they are mounted.
    Third, if it is a NTFS filesystem then AFAIK there is no utility in Linux to fix it. You may have better luck with Hiren's XP CD (or not, I have no experience with it).

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    Yeah it's NTFS. I wasn't looking to fix it with linux, just to see if I could see it to copy some files over before i start trying to "fix" it.

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    Then do
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    fdisk -l
    it will tell you what device node to use for mount, most likely sda1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Segfault View Post
    Then do
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    fdisk -l
    it will tell you what device node to use for mount, most likely sda1.
    Nothing returned.

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    Two possibilities.

    0. PCLinux does not have support for your IDE/SATA interface or SCSI controller.
    1. Your hard drive is dead. (In this case there is a slight chance to make it work one more time.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Segfault View Post
    Two possibilities.

    0. PCLinux does not have support for your IDE/SATA interface or SCSI controller.
    1. Your hard drive is dead. (In this case there is a slight chance to make it work one more time.)
    Right.

    Perhaps I'll try a different distro first, but what was the XP disk you referred to? Is that a live disk?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevb8ll View Post
    Nothing returned.
    This needs to be run as root. Does pclinuxos use sudo for root privs?
    Try
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    sudo fdisk -l
    or
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    su -c 'fdisk -l'

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