External WD500 (ext2 or ext3, Suse 10.2) 'no longer formatted' after hard reset
Hi there. Hope someone can help me.
I have a problem with an external harddisk, a USB MyBook WD500.
Here's the setup of my system (a bit messy but I like to experiment and I usually don't have enough time to clean up after myself, bad programmer's habbit).
-internal HD: WinXP professional
-second interal HD: Suse Linux 10.2
-external WD500 (formatted as ext2 or ext3, I'm not sure), also Suse Linux 10.2
There's a GRUB boot menu allowing me to boot these 3 OS. This means the WD500 external HD has to be connected and online to be able to boot GRUB (= to be able to boot at all), a bit clumsy but OK, the system works.
I access the WD500 ext2/3 disk from WinXP using an ISF driver, works perfectly...
until this morning...
Half asleep, I booted the external HD's Linux. Then I realised I actually wanted to boot WinXP to do some stuff there. Then I did the most stupid thing one can do (but hey, I was half asleep), I hit the RESET button...
-PC restarted properly, I started WinXP this time. Then I tried to access the WD500 external HD, but some folders were 'unavailable' or 'damaged' according to WinXP.
-Then I started Linux from the second internal HD. Same thing happened, this time the folders that WinXP says are 'damaged' simply did not appear.
-Then I restarted WinXP and tried to access the external HD, but this time WinXP told me the HD isn't even formatted...
-There was no time (meetings at work...) to reboot and start Linux from the external HD (which is what I should have done in the first place I guess)...
Does anyone know what went wrong here? I guess me hitting the RESET button caused the ext2/3 filesystem to become corrupted?
Is there anything I can do about this? Some Linux tool that rebuilds the FAT-tables or file system tables or whatever got damaged?
Thank you for your help, much appreciated!
Last edited by PeterHK; 10-05-2007 at 02:26 AM.