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Old 11-29-2012, 02:19 PM   #1
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Cannot boot. Errors on disk.


Out of nowhere I suddenly cannot boot my laptop. It appears I have errors on /dev/sda5. I dualboot with Windows 7 and everything has been working so far.

I tried booting from SystemRescueCD in order to run a fsck on the partition but fsck says it doesn't exist even though "fdisk -l" happily shows it.

What is going on?! How can I run fsck on the partition if it cannot find it?


It says:

root@sysresccd /root % fsck -f /dev/sda5
fsck from util-linux 2.21.2
e2fsck 1.42.6 (21-Sep-2012)
fsck.ext2: No such file or directory while trying to open /dev/sda5
Possibly non-existent device?


Although "fdisk -l" shows all partitions /dev/sda1 thru /dev/sda7 1 and 5 being the boot partitions for Windows and Debian respectively.

Anyone? This is driving me mad!
 
Old 11-29-2012, 02:26 PM   #2
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OKL. Now I tried to run:

file -s /dev/[hs]d[a-f][1-9].

to see what file thinks of my partitions and lo and behold it doesn't find /dev/sda5!
In fact both sda4 and sda5 are missing.

What do I do?
 
Old 11-29-2012, 02:36 PM   #3
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Well, gparted found it and is running a check on the little bugger now... weird.
 
Old 11-29-2012, 02:38 PM   #4
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Nope. I end up with the same error from fsck. I really have to reinstall everything?!
 
  


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