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I am attempting to use Ubuntu to rescue files from a Windows pc. I am using Ubuntu for the first time, so I am a complete novice. I am asking for assistance to find the files on the pc.

I have a Windows PC with 2 installed hard disks, 1 is partitioned and includes the C drive.

I am able to boot up the pc using Ubuntu on a USB stick. The PC will not boot without it as it asks for a boot device.

When in Ubuntu the only device shown in dash is the floppy drive. In the bios drop down list the hard drive does not show up as a boot option.

In Terminal having written sudo fdisk -l I get the following:

Disk /dev/sda:31.9 GB, 31876710400 bytes......... 

Device    Boot Start  End      Blocks  Id System
/dev/sda1 *    39232  62259199 31109984 c W95 FAT32 (LBA)

Being a novice, I do not know how to mount the Windows partitions c, d and e to be able to see the files I want.

Using instructions from I typed in the Terminal:

sudo mkdir /media/fat_partition
sudo mount -t vfat -o defaults,user,exec,uid=1000,gid=100,umask=000 /dev/sda1 /media/fat_partition

I get the message

mount: special device dev/sda1 does not exist.

I am following instructions parrot fashion, not understanding what I am doing so if anyone feels they have the answer to this newbie's question I would be grateful for simple steps.

Thank you.

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closed as too localized by qbi, vasa1, hhlp, Rafał Cieślak, Seth Feb 24 '13 at 17:57

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Have you resolved this issue? What did maybe help you? If not, what is the output of dmesg | grep sda? –  qbi Feb 24 '13 at 11:16