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julianvb 12-26-2016 01:13 PM

Recurrent BusyBox Problems with Linux Mint 18

I've been using two Jetway mini-motherboard computers hosting Linux Mint 18 (LM18) Sarah for a few months. The first one exhibited a BusyBox (BB) problem just once and I was able to fix it using the following {initramfs} commands.

fsck -fy /dev/sda1

However, I am not so lucky with the second LM18 machine. A few weeks ago I was able to fix its first BusyBox problem the same way. But tonight I can no longer solve a recurrent BusyBox problem similarly. If I attempt to reboot via BIOS, BusyBox re-appears persistently each time. Does this mean that my hard drive may have gone bad? My computers come with 2GB of RAM and a 64GB solid-state hard drive.

I've just test-run a live LM18 USB on this machine without any trouble. I assume this to imply that my machine's hardware is fine.
But I dislike the idea of having to re-install LM18 and consequently my personal database and useful but lengthy .bash_aliases files.

Any help or advice will be much appreciated.


Yetoo 12-26-2016 01:18 PM

Quoting from
# badblocks -wsv /dev/sda
# badblocks -sv /dev/sdb

-s gives the process indicator

-v gives verbose output

-w enables destructive read-write

-n would be non-destructive read-write

Read-only testing is the default and doesn't need special parameters.

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