It all started with a reboot that I did due to some wakky performance problems. Yeah, I know, rebooting is a Windows thing, but I thought I'd try it anyway.
Well, the system got to the Automount part of the boot and hung. I've had problems with the two SATA drives on my box so I thought, brilliantly, I'll just run fsck on it and everything will be great.
I read through some threads here and found somebody's opinion on how to do this (no names will be mentioned because I don't remember what thread this was) and as I attempted to follow those instructions the system asked me if I REALLY wanted to do this since the drives were mounted. "Severe file damage", I believe, was the warning. Well, I came back here and found instruction on how to unmount the drive. When I tried to do that, the system told me it couldn't unmount the drive because it was already unmounted.
So, I tried to run fsck again, this time ignoring the dire warning. Yeah, it fscked, all right. Now the computer boots up to a "kernal panic".
I have downloaded and burned a Kanotix bootable CD to see if there's any hope. It mounts the /boot drive, but there's nothing showing up in the folder except a grub file and a locked lost+found file. I unmounted the drive and tried to run fsck on it; it gave me the following message:
The superblock could not be read or does not describe a correct ext2
filesystem. If the device is valid and it really contains an ext2
filesystem (and not swap or ufs or something else), then the superblock
is corrupt, and you might try running e2fsck with an alternate superblock:
e2fsck -b 8193 <device>
I realize this is probably my own fault for not reading the entire thread, because as I went back to it there was some further discussion about this procedure that indicated that people with good intentions vehemently disagreed on what to do about this.
So... does anybody has any suggestions as to how to proceed with this or is it a lost cause? I didn't have a whole lot of data on there but there are a couple of files I would like to recover if possible.
Thanks in advance,