I did not know how to
mount it so I got the *brilliant* idea:
That's a very interesting variation on the "mount" command!
Not one I would have tried myself. Many people think they've destroyed things after running this command, but in fact it can be recovereable if you don't panic and do something worse.
of course that was not *enough practice*
so i did
mkfs -t ext3 /dev/hdb1
Whoopsie ... you paniced!
I just have to ask ... why did you think repartitioning and reformatting your disk would help
read the (previously) existing contents? I can't offer any help to get you out of your current troubles. I doubt recovery will be possible. If it is, it won't be easy or complete. I would recommend that the next time you are faced with something you don't know or understand, walk away from the computer for a while and think about things before jumping in. Ask for help before
proceding. I don't mean to sound harsh, but what you did is akin to trying to fix a flat tire on your car by driving the thing off a cliff. Terribly destructive, and doesn't help the original flat tire situation in the slightest.