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Old 05-08-2010, 05:09 AM   #1
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Recovering ext3 partition after unsuccessful resizing

I've tried to resize my home partition using parted. Prior to it I had removed ext3 flags following some advices found on net. Resizing failed and I ended up with filesystem bigger than partition. Then I managed to enlarge the partition using fdisk but it didn't help. When I run fsck on it it prints:
fsck from util-linux-ng 2.16.2
e2fsck 1.41.9 (22-Aug-2009)
fsck.ext2: Group descriptors look bad... trying backup blocks...
fsck.ext2: Bad magic number in super-block when using the backup blocks
fsck.ext2: going back to original superblock
fsck.ext2: Device or resource busy while trying to open /dev/sda6
Filesystem mounted or opened exclusively by another program?
(Same message when fscking from live cd).
I had a backup of most important data and it was a new system, but there where some notes that I had made whilst setting my linux up and it would be nice to have it back.
Old 05-08-2010, 05:26 AM   #2
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In future use gparted (from a liveCD) and don't worry about removing the journal.
Try photorec - plenty of threads here about what it does and how to use it.
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I know that best way to do such things is by live cd but I haven't had external cd back then .
edit: It works for me, thank you

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Old 05-08-2010, 08:44 AM   #4
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Some nitpicks in the original post--maybe not relevant, but:

I was not aware that it would be possible to make the filesystem bigger than the partition.

fdisk does not re-size partitions.
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Yes, but parted does. (I was persistent when I shouldn't be)


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