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Old 12-23-2012, 06:27 AM   #1
animalcrackers
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I installed debian 6 to my laptop not really knowing what I was doing and after a whi


After a while my hard drive failed after getting more and more errors on my hard disk even after I used fsck to try and fix the problems. Could all of that stemmed from me putting formatting my hard disk as an ext3 filesystem instead of a ext2 filesystem? The reason I ask is because my friend recommended I use e2fsck to fix it and reading through the man pages it only mentions ext2 filesystems. I'm new to this stuff, also, is there a way I can tell if my hard drive is ext2 or 3?
P.S. I have a knoppix 4 and a knoppix six lite and a mandriva one 2009 edition DVD issue 113 Christmas 2008 to work with, oh yah and a Xfce version 4.1 by Gentoo
 
Old 12-23-2012, 11:22 AM   #2
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is there a way I can tell if my hard drive is ext2 or 3
In a terminal, run df -T. It will show you the mounted filesystems and their types.
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Could all of that stemmed from me putting formatting my hard disk as an ext3 filesystem instead of a ext2 filesystem
Probably not. The main difference between ext2 and ext3 is that ext3 is journaled, making recovery from errors much easier, assuming there was a sane state in the journal to be recovered.
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The reason I ask is because my friend recommended I use e2fsck to fix it and reading through the man pages it only mentions ext2 filesystems.
The first line of the man page reads as follows: e2fsck - check a Linux ext2/ext3/ext4 file system.

How old is the laptop? Could it be a failing hard drive?

It might be a good idea to do some literature research on partitioning and formating partitions, then some study on installing Debian. After thorough reading, then try reinstalling Debian to see if things go better for you.

You can use gparted from the Knoppix liveCD to verify your partitioning (be sure to flag the partition as bootable) and formatting as ext3. Once that is done, then reinstall Debian.
 
  


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