I suppose some of you might recognize me from the 'Win98 drive limit' post. A coworker nudged me that I'd not actually looked at the boot sequence for the system that crashed, so I rather sheepishly found that the CD-ROM bootm indeed came after the HD boot.
Ubuntu won't mount any of the drives it found, however. When I view the details of the failure, the text is difficult to read due to new-line errors but the basic idea is:
Mount is denied because NTFS is marked to be in use. Choose one action ... etc.
Does anyone have advice on what the problem could be and how I can get Ubuntu to mount my old DOS/Win drives so I can recover data from them?