[svlug] fsck on HD booted from CD???

Skip Evans skip at bigskypenguin.com
Sun Jan 28 15:10:15 PST 2007

Hey Nick & all,

Well, I got Xubuntu to boot again and dmesg came 
up with errors on the HD, so I tried this:

fsck -y /dev/sda

And it said the following:

Bad magic number in superblock...

and it suggested running

e2fsck -b 8193 /dev/sda

...which I did and got exactly the same results.

So you think this hard drive is boofed? That would 
be a bummer because it is only about three months 
old. But they're more likely to go bad in their 
youth than middle age, eh? Just like people, I guess.


Nick Austin wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 28, 2007 at 03:31:27PM -0700, Skip Evans wrote:
>>I have no executable badblocks on Freesbie.
> You might want to try SuperRescue:
> http://www.kernel.org/pub/dist/superrescue/v2/
> If you want to do something less drastic then that, you could try
> running something like:
> This is also destructive.
> dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/<drive to test>, and see if it fails.
>>Also, I think that because the live CD was booted, 
>>it doesn't seem to know anything about the 
>>installed HD. I get "Could not determine file 
>>system type" no matter what I with fsck.
> I'll bet it is due to the drive failing. 
> I would try and run dmesg, and look for drive error messages.
> It sounds like you might have to replace the drive.
> Thanks!

Skip Evans
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