I know that Windows file system is corrupted or missing...in fact I can't boot it and when trying to mount it with:

sudo mount /dev/sda3 /temp/ -t ntfs

i got

NTFS signature is missing.
Failed to mount '/dev/sda1': Invalid argument
The device '/dev/sda1' doesn't seem to have a valid NTFS.
Maybe the wrong device is used? Or the whole disk instead of a
partition (e.g. /dev/sda, not /dev/sda1)? Or the other way around?

I need to recover some pictures and some documents from there...is there anything I can try?

1 Answer 1


Though you can't mount it, you can read the filesystem with TestDisk and recover files from it.

TestDisk Step-by-Step will help you through the process.

  • thanks!! i made it!! now...next step...as this is a vaio laptop and it won't let me boot factory's recovery partition...any clue about how i might fix it? i will otherwise have to install a blank copy of seven hoping it will automatically find all drivers...
    – Mark
    Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 11:25
  • Yeah, you will probably have to do a fresh install. Or just do away with Windows.
    – Richard
    Commented Dec 8, 2013 at 18:31
  • that's not so simple...some programs that i need runs only (or better) under windows...thanks anyway
    – Mark
    Commented Dec 9, 2013 at 10:40

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