Joined: Feb. 2007
||Posted: Mar. 18 2007,22:38
|Quote (rkenwood @ Mar. 18 2007,17:25)|
|I don't think I mounted sda1 which i think is the hard drive , I tried the F8 but it|
still says no operating system found and when I use the recovery disk it wants to reformat the drive (says all user files and data will be lost) and I need the XP operating disk to reload the drivers which they were kind enuf not to furnish. This was pointed out to me by the Gateway folks . So i need to contact the guys I bought the computer from to get the operating system.Can I still access the hard drive and burn off my downloads ect so I can rebuild and how do I do that?
Yes. Use emelfm, mount the drive (/mnt/sda1 if you're right -- USB or SCSI drive? if it's an old school hard drive, it's probably hda instead of sda), and you should be able to access your files. I think DSL-N has GCombust for burning your data.
Not sure what you mean by "rebuild." I still think, though, you should try using a DOS floppy and fixing your MBR before getting all trigger happy with formatting (no!! not unless it's toast, and I'm not convinced it is from what you've written) and reinstalling (especially if you lack the XP CD -- can't reinstall what you don't have anyway).
Unless you were totally reckless when you mounted your drive, your Windows stuff should be just fine and you only need to figure out why it's not loading. Could be a variety of things. The first step is always patience (followed by deep breaths). You can back up your data just in case, but I would try fixing only what's actually broken and not trying to fix what isn't broken.
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