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Old 11-21-2008, 02:59 PM   #1
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could this be a zero-length partition?


Yesterday there was a shortage of electricity in my office and as a
consequence my linux didn't shutdown properly. Today when trying to
switch on the machine, linux complained about some problems with /dev/
hdb6 (/usr).

I have tried e2fsck -p /dev/hdb6 but the system returned "could this
be a zero-length partition?" . fdisk /dev/hdb showed the partition
as it supposed to be. I have also tried e2fsck -b xxxx to recover the
superblocks but to no avail. Even dd if=/dev/hdb6 of=/usr.img didn't work. Same error msg.

I have deleted the partition and re-created with the same size. This time I managed to get e2fsck to say that the (partition) system couldn't be recovered since blocks 0 to 3 were damaged, dd is working very very slow right now.

testdisk shows the partition and the superblocks but option p doesn't list any files (no file structure).

Is there anything else I can do to get it back to normal? I just need to copy a few files from it.

Is there anything else I can do?

Suggestions are most welcome.


Old 11-21-2008, 03:36 PM   #2
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Depending on what type of files, you may be able to use testdisk's buddy, photorec, to recover the files from the drive image.


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