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Thread: Hard Drive Unknown Error

  1. #1
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    Hard Drive Unknown Error

    A friend of mine brought her laptop to me with a crashed XP install. I've been able to boot to a KNOPPIX live cd, but when I try ato access ths laptop's hard drive I get the following message,

    Unable to mount device "Error org.freedesktop.HAL.Device.Volume.UnknownFailure"

    Does anyone have any ideas how to mount the hard drive or is it dead?
    Thanks for the help

    -- Cha0s

  2. #2
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    You might try to do the mount operation manually. Which Knoppix version do you use?

    When I got such an error message I opened a terminal and entered
    sudo mkdir /media/myHdd
    sudo mount /dev/sda1 /media/myHdd
    Then I got an explanation what went wrong and what I had to do next.

    Maybe you have to use another partition instead of /dev/sda1. You can get a list of the available partitions by executing
    sudo fdisk -l

  3. #3
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    I'm using KNOPPIX 6. I did what you said and manually mounted the hdd. I had to force mount it because XP "improperly" shut down and the system was still showing that it was active. After force mounting it i was able to get to the data on it. It's slow going but I'm pulling it off now. Thanks for the help.

    -- cha0s

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