[ubuntu] How can you access an ubuntu computer's master hard drive on windows vista?

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http://ubuntuforums.org – My ubuntu somehow had an unclean shutdown, and i cannot start it up. i tried taking out the hard drive (sata) and putting it in an external casing and tried to access it through a windows vista. it recognized it, but had no drive letter nor could put one and i couldn't access the drive because it didnt show up under "computer". (Hardware)