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Old 08-05-2014, 04:11 AM   #16
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Sorry for the long delay before replying. I had to go to the beach and enjoy the sun for some days (yep, I have no saying in that)

Anyway, I have executed both commands you have given me and afterwards rebooted the server.
So, I created the partition again however if I now run my mkfs command I get the following error:
Invalid argument passed to ext2 library while setting up superblock
That on itself is also weird cause I run this command:
mkfs -t ext3 /dev/sdb1

This is how my sdb drive looks:

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 91201 732572001 5 Extended

I did some searching for the error and I find mostly some weird chinese websites which are of no use but I also found this:
I dont understand that though, as I only have one partition as extended only allows one. So how can it not allow more than one if I only have one?

I am really sorry that this just keeps on going and I hope you are still willing to share your knowledge with me about all this. It is truly very much appreciated
Old 08-05-2014, 08:43 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Foxhound View Post
This is how my sdb drive looks:

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 91201 732572001 5 Extended
An extended (type 5) partition is just a container for logical partitions. That type exists as a way to have more than the 4 allowed primary partitions. You can't use it directly. Using the partitioning tool of your choice, delete the existing partition 1 on that drive and create a Linux (type 83) partition in its place. You can then run mkfs to format a filesystem there. If you use a tool like gparted, it can create the partition and build the filesystem too.
Old 08-05-2014, 12:16 PM   #18
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Hmm yes, that sounds pretty logical.

I have deleted the partition again, now I need to wait till tomorrow before I can reboot cause this is a live website server so I can only reboot at quiet times, which are really never there but at around 6 in the morning only 500 or so users are online and they can wait a bit
Once I have done the reboot I will make a "p" partition (I did choose extended before). I really hope that it will work than.

I will let you know how it goes! Thanks for all your help, really amazing and very much appreciated.

Success! My 2nd harddrive is working again.
Thanks again for all your help!

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