NTFS drive wont mount - "unknown filesystem"?

sdavmor sdavmor at systemstheory.net
Thu Jan 21 21:51:01 UTC 2010

Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
> David McNally wrote:
>> Regarding the first part: I'm using GMail. I clicked "Reply" at the
>> bottom of the most recent message. I'm not sure if that should fix the
>> problem. Just let me know and I'll change.
> 	Nah, reply still on top. I think there may be a setting in GMail. Or at 
> least it should allow you to scroll and insert at the bottom...
>  > Anyway, I've tried plugging the hard drive into a windows xp computer,
>  > and also into a vista VM in VirtualBox. In My Computer, the hard drive
>  > does not appear at all. Keep in mind that Ubuntu does not show any
>  > sign of the hard drive at all either, but it does show up in GParted
>  > in Ubuntu, and it shows up in the list of USB filters in VBox, so
>  > Ubuntu does recognise that there is a device. It just doesn't realise
>  > that it's a hard drive. Seems like Windows Explorer is doing the same.
>  >
>  > However, when I plugged the hard drive into the XP computer and opened
>  > up compmgmt.msc, the hard drive was there. When I right-clicked on the
>  > partition, all of the options were grayed out, except for "format",
>  > which would make me lose all of my data. I'm not sure that windows can
>  > really help me.
>  >
>  > I also tried compmgmt in the vista VM, and the same thing happened.
>  >
> 	Hmmm, sounds like the (information table?) for the drive is corrupted. 
> Looks like time for some recovery tools. I believe there were mentions 
> of resuce boot CDs earlier in this thread.
> 	'Course, if you have the cash, a local independant computer shop may be 
> of help also... You could also look for a Linux User Group in your area. 
> Or maybe there is a list member here that is local to you & willing to help?

Concur.  Time for serious diskfix tools. You probably want assistance 
from someone local with experience in such recovery. For Windows 
recovery I have used Ontrack's professional tools.  But they are not 
cheap.  You might want to talk to a local pro about costs and what 
might be involved before taking any further action.
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