I have no important files on the laptop so its no problem for me to wipe the hard drive and re-install, however when I boot from a LiveCD I can get into Linux Mint but it doesn't detect my hard drive. When i try to install I can get through the initial stages but when it comes time to select whether to erase, partition or encrypt the hard drive my hard drive is simply invisible, and the Linux wants to try and install to my LiveCD USB (seen here mounted at sda1).
Sometimes the Hard Drive will appear listed in My Computer as a 1000Gb Drive but I can neither open it nor mount it. Through Disks I can see that its referenced as 'sdb' but if I use
fdisks -lits not listed, and when I try to mount it manually using the terminal I get a number of error messages telling me it either doesn't exist, or has a bad superblock.
I feel like I've tried every solution I can on the forums I've checked, but it seems like there's something more deeply wrong here because no solution has made any difference. At this point it would be ideal if I could just format the hard drive and start again with a totally clean install, but since I can't get the hard drive to mount I seemingly can't do anything with it. It's currently not showing up at all but if it re-appears I can post a screenshot of any information I can get from it. Also, I'm pretty sure I encrypted the Install when I initially installed LM, and I saved the security key. I'm not sure if that makes a difference.