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Old 03-02-2005, 11:00 AM   #1
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Superblock could not be read

I did something that I shouldn't have done. I modified the boot settings of my Mandrake system. Now it boots with a message "Superblock could not be read". I tried typing Y to repair the disk but it does not work.
The partition is perfectly readable, I did e2fsck -f and it shows no errors, so i don't know why it's saying the disk is corrupt.
Also, I tried making a new install of Mandrake on a different partition. Then from the second Mandrake I made default boot entries to boot into the origonal system, but still has same error.
Anyone have any ideas why the disk is corrupt?
Old 03-02-2005, 11:49 AM   #2
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does mdk use lilo as a boot loader? and when you say "I modified the boot settings....", what exactly did you change?

which ever file you edited, a backup should've been made automatically. so if you edited grub.conf, look for grub.conf~ and rename it(remove the ~). likewise for lilo.conf~.
Old 03-02-2005, 03:09 PM   #3
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Thanks for your answer. It's good advice. What went wrong is the LABEL=/ / ext3 defaults 1 1
line in fstab somehow went missing and the error message was regarding the superblock, so that threw me.


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