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Old 02-12-2004, 04:24 AM   #1
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FAT mounts read-only

i've got a problem with FAT partition mounting. i've entered the following line to /etc/fstab

/dev/hda5 /mnt/fat vfat auto,umask=0 0 0

it mounts normally during system startup, but after several minutes i get the following message in log file:

Feb 12 11:50:45 debian -- MARK --
Feb 12 12:09:38 debian kernel: Filesystem panic (dev 03:05).
Feb 12 12:09:38 debian kernel: FAT error
Feb 12 12:09:38 debian kernel: File system has been set read-only
Feb 12 12:09:38 debian kernel: Directory 116: bad FAT

as you can see after that it's read only. what is wrong? it used to work fine on the same kernel version before. when i used RH9 it worked fine too.
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You probably damaged somewhere in the process.

Have you tried fscking it?
Old 02-12-2004, 06:03 AM   #3
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well i thought of it, but i dunno id fsck is safe for fat32 partitions. i don't want to lose any files stored there. should i do fsck or windows scandisk?
Old 02-12-2004, 06:13 AM   #4
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scandisk is safer, but i've used dosfsck hundreds of times on a fat32 partition, and i don't
think i've ever lost anything.


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