My computers internal hard drive is not listed as a device in Ubuntu'

Hello,

My computer recently crashed and I am trying to recover the files on the internal hard drive. I successfully got Ubuntu to work on the crashed computer, but I cannot see the computer's hard drive listed as one of the devices so I can copy it to an external hard drive. When I plug in the external hard drive, Ubuntu sees it and I am able to copy and paste things from it.
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  1. I need to know some things to start helping you:

    1.) list the contents of the text file /etc/fstab
    2.) list the results of typing ls /dev in a terminal

    and how many drives are there and how are they attached to this computer?
  2. -when I open the the file fstab, this is what is in there:

    overlayfs / overlayfs rw 0 0
    tmpfs /tmp tmpfs nosuid,nodev 0 0

    -also when I enter "ls/dev" into the terminal and hit enter, I get the response: "No such file or directory"

    -I really don't have any drivers attached to the computer... besides the internal hard drive or the external hard drive which I plug in to copy my files. I hope that answers your last question.

    Thank you for your help in advance.
  3. pauljohn_0987 said:
    -when I open the the file fstab, this is what is in there:

    overlayfs / overlayfs rw 0 0
    tmpfs /tmp tmpfs nosuid,nodev 0 0

    -also when I enter "ls/dev" into the terminal and hit enter, I get the response: "No such file or directory"

    -I really don't have any drivers attached to the computer... besides the internal hard drive or the external hard drive which I plug in to copy my files. I hope that answers your last question.

    Thank you for your help in advance.


    Are you running Ubuntu from a live cd?

    also in that last command there should be a space between ls and /dev

    At this point I'm guessing that you need to open your file manager as root and mount the device before you can read it.

    try opening your terminal and typing (without the quotations) "sudo dolphin" and then navigate to /media to mount and see your drive.
  4. Thank you for your help, but I don't know what happened but it just started working when I turned the computer back on... It works and I was able to copy everything from the hard drive.

    Thanks again!
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