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Old 07-05-2004, 06:19 AM   #1
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Harddisk Crash

Dear all Linux Expert,

One of my data harddisk was not responding. It contains 3 partitions, the first one cannot be accessed and there is a continuous 'click' sound when I try to access it. But the other two partitions are OK.

I have try to use another harddisk whcih have installed Linux to boot.
As expected, it can't mount /dev/hdd1, but the other two is ok.
I am just wondering are there any ways to recover my first partition.
Or is it possible to use fdisk or other tools to resize the second partition
so that it can take up as much data as it can from the first partition.

Also, the BIOS can detect the harddisk, windows explorer can also see the
drive, but when I try to see the details of the partition, the click sounds occur.

For linux, here is the result :

Command (m for help): p

Disk /dev/hdd: 61.4 GB, 61492838400 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 7476 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdd1 * 1 2550 20482843+ c Win95 FAT32 (LBA)
/dev/hdd2 2551 7475 39560062+ f Win95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hdd5 2551 5100 20482843+ b Win95 FAT32
/dev/hdd6 5101 7475 19077156 b Win95 FAT32

Command (m for help): x

Expert command (m for help): q

[root@localhost /]# mount /dev/hdd1 /mnt
/dev/hdd1: Input/output error
mount: you must specify the filesystem type
[root@localhost Untitled 1/]#

Pleaes help !!!! Thanks a Lot!!!!!!!!!!!
Old 07-05-2004, 08:59 AM   #2
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Since your "broken" partition is Fat32, I would boot to windoze and use the system tools there to try and recover the Fat32 partition. Since you have a clicking sound, ( not good at all ) I would look into replacing the drive. It sounds like the drive won't last much longer. Recover what you can while you can; time may be limited.
Old 07-05-2004, 09:13 AM   #3
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Step one is to download the diagnostic floppy from the hard drive manufactuerer. Check your disk to see if it is going/gone bad (clicking sounds are not good). IF the disk is bad, save your files and get rid of the bad disk. If there are some bad sectors, the drive can be used after being set for this.
Disabling a bad drive (I.E. system freezes if drive is connected) in the BIOS can allow the system to boot and Linux can still read the drive. I think the disk cannot be the boot drive. Not sure this would help in your case to recover data.
Good Luck.


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