NTFS drive wont mount - "unknown filesystem"?

David McNally david3333333 at gmail.com
Fri Jan 22 23:44:39 UTC 2010

On Fri, Jan 22, 2010 at 5:25 PM, NoOp <glgxg at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> On 01/22/2010 02:10 PM, Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
> ...
>>       Windows automatically assigns a drive letter when it detects a readable
>> FAT, FAT16, FAT32, or NTFS partition on the drive connected to it. If
>> you can see the drive in Computer Management, but it does not show up in
>> the My Computer window with a drive letter, either it's
>> formatted/partitioned with something Windows can't read, or there is a
>> serious problem with the partition/formatting.
>>       Time for tools. NoOp mentioned Test Disk. I've used Ultimate Boot CD
>> for some things:
>> http://www.ultimatebootcd.com/
>> but I have not tried to use it for repairing an NTFS partition.
> Actually, I keep both updated & in my arsenal of 'fix-it' CD's :-) I
> highly recommend ultimateboot, but in this case I think he's probably
> going to need TestDisk. Although I think it would be better used by
> someone familiar with it's utilities and disk recovery overall.
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I started running TestDisk about 5 minutes after the last post. It was
a bit confusing at the start, but I read the wiki and figured it out
pretty quickly. It's scanning the disk right now (about 23%!). Looks
like it's going pretty well so far.

Thanks for the help!

David McNally
david3333333 at gmail.com
Linux Kernel 2.6.31-17-generic

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