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Old 07-29-2007, 07:32 PM   #1
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No more /home after botched Fedora install

In a Debian-based distro (Ubuntu) I have had a corruption of my /home partition, which resides on sda4 of my Dell Inspiron laptop. Not knowing what to do, and with no way to boot and google the situation, I played Y, Y, Y to all fsck's questions. Now, /home is empty. I do have a backup from 4 weeks ago, as I backup the first of every month, but I have done quite a bit of work this past month. I'm very interested in recovering the data.

More info: This is a Dell Inspiron machine, 2.0GHz dual-core Intel processor, 2GB RAM, 80GB 7000RPM hard drive, ATI X1400 video. The disk is partitioned with sda1: 15GB /; sda2: 15 GB blank (Fedora was to go here) ; sda3: 3GB swap ; sda4: ~47 GB /home. I set these partitions a few months ago when I last installed Ubuntu. I had begun install of Fedora 7 when the machine crashed- I didn't get to the real install part. Upon rebooting (into Ubuntu), it complained something about inodes. I gave it the root password (yes, I had previously set a root password) and ran fsck (or something else resembling a rather unacceptable work, appropriate name by the way). A few Y, Y, Y's later I could boot the system. However, as soon as I logged into KDE I was returned to the login screen. I CTRL-ALT-F4ed into a terminal and logged in as root. I then cd'ed into /home, and ls showed that there was nothing there. I immediately ran shutdown -h and now that I'm home I'm writing from the wife's desktop.

Any help in recovering the /home/user directory, or even specific files therein, would be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
Old 07-29-2007, 09:00 PM   #2
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Problem solved... The disk simply was not mounted. Valuable lesson leaned cheaply tonight... I'm currently burning a backup and reading up on rsync to prevent 'next time'.
Old 07-29-2007, 09:51 PM   #3
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Glad to hear it was just a mounting issue.

Rsync is invaluable, though this reminds me that I need more than an external hard drive for my data.


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