Sorry if this is a little long, but I wanted to include all of the relevant info so that hopefully someone can help me. I've searched google and this forum, but didn't come up with any answers.
I have a box that I installed RH 7.3 on. This box had a hard drive in it that I used for data backup using r-diff backup. One of the hard drives in the box crashed, and hosed the system. I was using this box as a network file server for windows clients.
Fast forward a year and I've finally gotten around to resurrecting this box. I replaced the faulty hard drive, and decided to run mandrake 10.0
At this point, everything is fine. MDK installed with no problems, etc. Except, I cannot mount the data backup drive that I was previously using. The error I get is :unrecognized file system, bad superblock or too many mounted devices (or something to that effect)
Well, I can't for the life of me remember what filesystem I used when I created the partition on this drive. I believe it was either ext2 or ext3. I have tried running fsck and e2fsck -b 8193 with no success. I don't remember the exact error since I am at work right now, sorry. I am sure that it's possible the superblock was corrupted when the system crashed.
Some help to try and figure out what type of filesystem I used when I created the drive would be good, so that I don't screw anything else up.
Is there a utility out there that would help with this? Also, once I *do* find out, how do I fix the filesystem so I can get my data off of it?