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Old 10-19-2005, 03:55 AM   #1
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use fsck = no boot

I am having a few problems with my hard drive. I thought my 120G Hitachi Desk Star may have been faulty and I ran the command $fsck -cvn to check. I thought the "c" meant show progress, the "v" verbose and the "n" make no changes but I may have been wrong. Anyway fsck reported a few errors and then halted, and then system then froze. When I restarted I could not boot into my FC3 partition or my windows partition. Grub reports an error with /mnt/hda2 (my FC3 partition).
I have the ultimate boot disk and I have tested this disk a number of times (including a complete zeroing) and it always comes up clean. Likewise memtest is fine. Can anyone help me please? Even just some pointers on restoring the MBR so at least I can boot into my windows partition would be nice. Thanks in advance.
Old 10-19-2005, 05:46 AM   #2
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first reinstal the gurb read this link .
Old 10-19-2005, 06:43 AM   #3
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Re: use fsck = no boot

Originally posted by seede
and I ran the command $fsck -cvn to check. I thought the "c" meant show progress, the "v" verbose and the "n" make no changes but I may have been wrong.
you should have used -C (capital C, not small c ) to show progress..............the man page says........
-c This option causes e2fsck to run the badblocks(8) program to
find any blocks which are bad on the filesystem, and then marks
them as bad by adding them to the bad block inode. If this
option is specified twice, then the bad block scan will be done
using a non-destructive read-write test.
Old 10-19-2005, 07:52 PM   #4
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Hey thanks for your quick replies.

freakyg: I booted into the Fedora rescue mode and it said it was unable to mount /mnt/hda2 because of a bad superblock IIRC. I tried opening it in Knoppix and got the same result. So my question is should using -c instead of -C have completely hosed the partition as it seems to have? Is it likely that this is a bad drive? I've tested it a few times and it's always come back fine. Know any good testing tools?

shams: thanks for the link, the info was quite useful. Unfortunately for my situation the partition seems too corrupt to bother restoring grub, so I just used the windows recovery tools fixboot and fixmbr, so at least I have a working bootable OS. Just not linux
Old 10-19-2005, 09:34 PM   #5
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pc check works great for testing your hdd among other hardware.
just make sure you unselect the write tests! hehe


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