After mounting the windows partition is the command prompt (sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sda2 /media/c) I can't see the document files. The folders shown are Boot, Dell, preload, recovery, sources, system volume info. The other executable files are Autorun/inf, bootmgr, Desktop.ini, Info.exe, Master.log and a bunch of protect.dutch etc. How do you view the files?

  • Could it be you mounted the recovery partition and not the partition windows is on? – Rinzwind Jun 14 '13 at 16:05

Yeah you've chosen the wrong partition. This looks like a generic recovery partition that OEMs stick on new PCs to save them bundling installation CDs.

Use something like Disk Utility, GParted or sudo fdisk -l | grep '^/dev/sd' to figure out what the real partition number is, then unmount whatever you have on /media/c now and then try mounting the new choice. You're probably looking for the biggest ntfs partition.

  • I might be wrong but I would expect windows to be on 1 (so sda1 or sdb1). – Rinzwind Jun 14 '13 at 16:14

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