Getting Mint live to Mount a hard disk with a frozen Windows boot

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SteveH_66
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Getting Mint live to Mount a hard disk with a frozen Windows boot

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Here's the situation. I did something stupid while my system was on, not going to tell you what it was, but Windows 7 got 'hung up' in hibernation. Someone told me that I could delete some file in windows and it should boot up. Right now it's saying I need to restore my Windows install. I don't really care about my Windows install though, I'm going Linux only.

I can get to the hard disk with live disks, but the only thing I seem to be able to do is use something like PhotoRec or some other program to 'recover' them and save them to another disk. Mint running on a Live disc finds it but won't mount it because it says it is hung up in hibernation. Getting the stuff off with PhotoRec will take hours and hours. If I can get the disk mounted, I can copy in an hour or so, maybe less.

So, now my question is this. Is there any way to get Mint to mount it anyway so I can copy my data off? Thanks

Edit: Or would having Mint 'force' it to mount or whatever damage the file system or something maybe and that's why the Mint Live CD's don't want to mount it?
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Re: Getting Mint live to Mount a hard disk with a frozen Windows boot

Post by Laurent85 »

Try to mount read-only, replace <partition id> with corresponding ntfs partition id:

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sudo mount -o ro /dev/<partition id> /mnt
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Re: Getting Mint live to Mount a hard disk with a frozen Windows boot

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I am having a similar issue, my USB 3.0 SATA enclosure would not mount on Linux Mint 17.3. Would like to try to mount read-only the way Laurent suggested. Question: since, unlike in Steve's case, my USB enclosure does not even show up on Mint, how do I figure out the Partition ID needed for the "sudo mount" command?

Thanks!

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Re: Getting Mint live to Mount a hard disk with a frozen Windows boot

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The output of the inxi command recommended here...http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=83444...will show if the drive is visible to the kernel. If it is, you get the /dev/sdX hardware handle to examine the partition structure...

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sudo fdisk -l /dev/sdX
Or you can install the gparted application and use it to do the same with point-and-click.
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Re: Getting Mint live to Mount a hard disk with a frozen Windows boot

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MaxL wrote: how do I figure out the Partition ID needed for the "sudo mount" command?
See this command results, will list available drive partitions and ids:

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sudo lsblk -o name,model,size,uuid,fstype,label,mountpoint
The drive partition id is available in the first column, for example sdb1, the command would then be sudo mount -o ro /dev/sdb1 /mnt
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