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Old 06-09-2011, 09:19 AM   #1
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does wrong type entry in fstab corrupts the partition ?


after a gap of few month i started to using linux again (this time crunchbang on my usb) and mistakenly i added wrong fstype in /etc/fstab (like this )

Code:
#/dev/sda5	/mnt/cdrive	ntfs-3g	defaults,locale=en_IN	0	0
#/dev/sda2	/mnt/mverse	ntfs-3g	defaults,locale=en_IN	0	0
and started to using untill i started to get I/O errors.

now i have possible hard disk corruption and before doing anything i want to make sure that can wrong fstype in fstab cause such problems if not what can cause this (because partitions were working absolutely fine before installing crunchbang).

before posting this question i did unfinished chkdsk /r on both partitions, unfinished because its taking very very long time (mverse [size=200gb] took at least 11hrs).

what should i do ?
 
Old 06-09-2011, 10:37 AM   #2
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Hi!
As far as I know, wrong entry in /etc/fstab can not corrupt hd (I never heard that); it is possible - depends on the Linux distribution - that you can't start your Linux.
To help we should know some details:
1. Windows preinstalled on only one internal hd?
2. You installed any Linux on hd? Which one?
3. You are able to boot from a Linux live medium to Desktop?
If not, I recommend to download PartedMagic - it is more than a normal operating system, it contains many useful tools, such as new GParted, UNetbootin,... and you can access your data and edit system files as fstab or menu.lst or grub.cfg or grub.conf.
If yes, please post the output of Terminal - as root -
Code:
fdisk -l
lowercase L like list,
and
Code:
parted -l print
Normally you get root rights on a live medium with
Code:
sudo su
or
Code:
su -
ENTER
before the commands above.
alfredo

Edit: Of course you must burn an image of PartedMagic and boot from it to use the tools on PartedMagic.
URL: http://partedmagic.com/doku.php?id=screenshots

Last edited by alfredo10; 06-09-2011 at 10:40 AM. Reason: completion
 
Old 06-09-2011, 11:03 AM   #3
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Thanks alfredo10 for reply

i am running crunchbang from usb drive (its not live version, its installed on my usb i.e. sdb).
1. windows xp is on /dev/sda5 and its been there before i installed crunchbang.

2. only linux that i is #! and its on usb drive i.e. flash drive or pen drive.

3. yes #! running perfectly fine. even xp is runningm but its very slow now.
and i have corrected fstab as soon as i got I/O errors.

Code:
sudo fdisk -l
Disk /dev/sda: 250.1 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x007f007f

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               2        4296    34499587+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda2   *        4297       30402   209687552    7  HPFS/NTFS
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sda5               2        4296    34499556    7  HPFS/NTFS

Disk /dev/sdb: 4216 MB, 4216324096 bytes
93 heads, 44 sectors/track, 2012 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 4092 * 512 = 2095104 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x025894b0

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1   *           1        2012     4115456   83  Linux

Code:
sudo parted -l print
Model: ATA ST3250310AS (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 250GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number  Start   End     Size    Type      File system  Flags
 1      8225kB  35.3GB  35.3GB  extended               lba
 5      8258kB  35.3GB  35.3GB  logical   ntfs
 2      35.3GB  250GB   215GB   primary   ntfs         boot


Model: Generic Flash Disk (scsi)
Disk /dev/sdb: 4216MB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: msdos

Number  Start   End     Size    Type     File system  Flags
 1      1049kB  4215MB  4214MB  primary  ext4         boot

Last edited by ununun; 06-09-2011 at 11:05 AM.
 
Old 06-10-2011, 03:55 AM   #4
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Hi ununun!
Okay, where is the problem?
1.
Quote:
...but its very slow now
I don't know what should help.
2. Maybe it is useful if you post your fstab.
3. I installed crunchbang, but some years ago, so I don't know details.
You have the latest version of it with Grub1.98 - I supppose?
After having booted from your USB o Desktop you could run
Code:
dpkg --list | grep grub
and post it.
alfredo
 
Old 06-10-2011, 10:13 AM   #5
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/etc/fstab
Code:
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
#
# <file system> <mount point>   <type>  <options>       <dump>  <pass>

proc	/proc	proc	defaults	0	0
#/dev/sda5	/mnt/cdrive	ntfs	defaults,locale=en_IN	0	0
#/dev/sda2	/mnt/mverse	ntfs	defaults,locale=en_IN	0	0
/dev/sdb1	/	ext4	errors=remount-ro	0	1
/dev/sda1	/media/usb0	auto	rw,user,noauto	0	0
firefox	/home/manish/.mozilla/firefox/frw9d2g2.default	tmpfs	size=320M,noauto,user,exec,uid=1000,gid=1000	0	0

#/dev/sdb1	/media/cdrom0	udf,iso9660	user,noauto	0	0
i comment line 6 and 7 to not to do any further damage.

Code:
$dpkg --list | grep grub
ii  grub-common                          1.98+20100804-11                    GRand Unified Bootloader, version 2 (common files)
ii  grub-pc                              1.98+20100804-11                    GRand Unified Bootloader, version 2 (PC/BIOS version)
i got "passed" in smartctl -t short /dev/sda.

is there any chkdsk-like utility for linux ?

thanks for the help
 
Old 06-11-2011, 04:06 AM   #6
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Hi!
As I wrote in my irst reply/ edit, PartedMagic contains many useful tools, as
- GParted (to create partions etc.)
- UNetbootin (making USB live)
- Testdisk...
http://partedmagic.com/doku.php?id=programs
alfredo
 
Old 06-11-2011, 04:36 AM   #7
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A wrong entry in fstab can not corrupt your disk. If Windows runs slow, and you did get I/O-errors I would assume that this is an hardware error. Try the following:

1. Backup all your data.
2. Download and burn the diagnosis tool from the harddisk's manufacturer.
3. Run it.
4. Download and burn Memtest86+.
5. Run it.
 
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Old 06-15-2011, 06:33 AM   #8
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i run seatools dos until hd passed long test with no error and that was about five times.
then i run chkdsk on both partitions.

now i have two new problems
1. i cannot detect my hd in crunchbang.
2. windows seems to freezs after logo with black screen and mouse cursor.

thanks.
 
Old 06-15-2011, 03:35 PM   #9
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1. Backup all your data.
2. Download and burn the diagnosis tool from the harddisk's manufacturer.
3. Run it.
4. Download and burn Memtest86+.
5. Run it.


Go to step 4 and 5
 
Old 06-16-2011, 02:47 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jefro View Post
1. Backup all your data.
2. Download and burn the diagnosis tool from the harddisk's manufacturer.
3. Run it.
4. Download and burn Memtest86+.
5. Run it.


Go to step 4 and 5
ok, i did memtest86+ and my mem aced it.
 
Old 06-16-2011, 02:53 AM   #11
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ok now i can mount with ntfs-3g. but still nothing is shown in either fdisk -l or parted -l about sda which is the hd.

what can cause that ?

and about the second question,
i think i have to repair with xp cd.

thanks for all your help
 
  


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