grub won't load fedora 4, rescue disk says partition is unformatted!
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At some point in the near future, you should backup /boot and run e2fsck on hda3 from rescue mode without mounting the installation.
For example, you could create /root/boot_backup and use “cp -a ...” to create an archival backup of /boot there.
Then, if the hda3 ext3 filesystem could not be fixed using e2fsck, you could reformat it using “mke2fs -j ...” and then use “cp -a ...” to restore the backup copy to /boot.
If you reformatted hda3 as ext3, you would need to either create 2 mount points and then mount hda3 in one and “/” (i.e., the logical volume) in the other so that you could copy from one to the other OR you could reassemble the entire FC4 setup like this:
mount /dev/VolGroup00/LogVol00 /mnt/sysimage
mount /dev/hda3 /mnt/sysimage/boot
cp -a /root/boot_backup/* /boot
If you had other logical volumes for /home, /var, etc., then you should also mount them in a similar manner before using chroot. And the mount point doesn’t have to be named sysimage. It can be anything you want to call it.
I had a similar problem while installing FC4. Grub apparently didn't fully install. Most of the files were missing in the grub directory. I had Redhat 9 installed on a different computer, so I copied the grub directory to a thumb drive, then copied them back the the FC4 computer using a livecd. After editing grub.conf, I did get it to start loading the image file, without success. I did do lots of things before I figured out that this was the problem. Now I plan to reinstall FC4, and copy the files from my thumb drive afterwards. hope this helps