I am trying to help a freind fix his computer. The error appears "hard disk read failure- no bootable devices- strike F1 to retry, F2 for setup utility" when trying to boot up the linux partition FC 4. Previously there were 5 partitions 4 linux, 1 xp (xp was corrupt and would not boot). On the 2 FC partition there was windows VM of 2000. The bios is set up correctly and it recognizes the HDD but will not boot as if the partition is not there any more. I booted from the FC cd to run linux restore and I get the following error; "there are no linux partitions to be mounted." At this point I am trying to recover any lost data, save it on my network, then reghost the HDD with a new FC-XP image. But I need to retain his lost data. If anyone has any idease please help.