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Old 10-27-2005, 11:18 PM   #1
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HELP! Hard Drive crash


I really need some help here...

I've got a Libranet system, been running for about 1.5 years. My last backup was too long ago.

My hard drive decided to poop out the other day. I've installed it in a winXP box and I've run a few recover utilities on it trying to get some of the data. R-Linux sees the partitions, but can't find a superblock anywhere on the disk.

I've tried e2fsck with every alternate superblock i could identify using mk2fs -n. No luck. Seems that all the superblocks are dead?

Is there some way to get to the remaining data, or am I totally hosed?
 
Old 10-28-2005, 02:48 AM   #2
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Get a copy of Knoppix and you should be able recover anything you want. If you have another drive you could even image the drive over using PartImage on Knoppix.
 
Old 10-28-2005, 02:42 PM   #3
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Thanks. So once I get a copy of Knoppix, what do I need to do? The file system is apparently a "ReiserFS" system, and I have not been able to find even a single valid superblock anywhere on the disk.

If you could give me a bit more direction on this I would be very grateful. Thanks!
 
Old 10-28-2005, 03:35 PM   #4
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Since Knoppix is Linux based it will recognise the file system type immediately. You would need a second drive available or be on a network. Mount the drive and then you can drag and drop files from one drive to another or transfer the files over the network. If you wish to image the drive to another drive then use PartImage to do it.
 
Old 10-29-2005, 01:13 PM   #5
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The problem Im having is that without any superblocks the drive won't mount. Any reason to believe this will be any different using knoppix?
 
Old 10-29-2005, 05:11 PM   #6
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Have a look at this thread .
 
Old 10-29-2005, 08:54 PM   #7
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Thanks for the help. Unfortunately Knoppix returned the same errors that my Libranet install returned.

I think the data is lost.
 
Old 10-30-2005, 03:10 AM   #8
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This page may give you some more ideas as it also covers rebuilding reiserfs partitions.
 
Old 10-31-2005, 05:50 PM   #9
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I put the drive in another system that has a blank partition of appropriate size. i did dd conv=noerror if=/dev/hdb1 of=/dev/hda5

It looks to be doing something, but it keeps spitting out "Input/Output error" messages. When I open a new shell and cd /dev/hda5 and type ls, it also returns with input/output error.

I wonder what happened to this disk to cause it to fail so badly. Anyway, I'm thinking that life is too short to worry about this any longer. Unless you've got any more ideas, I think this thing is toasted.

Thanks again for all the help! If nothing else this has been a good lesson in woking with the linux file systems.
 
Old 11-21-2005, 06:45 AM   #10
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You didn't specify what you mean by "poop out". It also appears that all the fixes tried were at the FS level. Any chance this was/is a hardware problem, esp. w/ S.M.A.R.T.? If so, any chance SpinRite (grc.com) would help?
 
  


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