I have a Windows 7 system which has just had a Motherboard Failure. The System had 4 Hard drives. 1 With OS, the Others with only DATA. I want to temporarily mount the data drives so that I can copy current working data to an alternate drive?

Can Anybody please help? Other wise I will have to buy a new windows machine to re-install the drives on th enew system just to copy the data off the drives??

I am Running Ubuntu 12.04 at the moment.

Thank you

  • What Ubuntu release are you running? – Mitch May 11 '14 at 10:49

After the drive is attached to the computer (either the ide/sata cable or an usb ide/sata adpator) run this command to look for the partition:

$ cat /proc/partitions

Pick out the partition with the data and mount it with:

$ sudo mount /dev/[partition to mount] /[mount folder]

(Replace [partition to mount] with your windows data partition name shown by the previous cat command. Replace the [mount folder] with the folder specified for the mount.)


$ sudo mount /dev/sda4 /mnt

By the way, you can also get the list of partitions with:

$ sudo fdisk -l

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