Today I went to one of my astronomy professors to have him help me partition my hard drive so that I could run Linux on part of it to make programming stuff easier. We were using Partition Magic to do it, and at some point during the install something went wrong and it all just kind of crashed. Now I can't access the main hard drive partition of my computer (with EVERYTHING on it). It won't even boot up under windows; I'm running a linux boot disk at the moment. When I try to access the drive from Linux, I get the following message:
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/hda1
missing codepage or other error
In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
dmseg | tail or so
At this point, it's not looking good. But what I want to know is is there ANY way I can access some of those files on that HD and copy them to an external drive before I erase everything. I was stupid and never backed up those files, and I really don't want to lose things like pictures and stories and music that I had. Any (extremely) bright ideas?