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2 disks crash

Dear all,

I have two laptops:

- laptop1: 2 years old, with woody that was last year upgraded to sarge using 
apt-get (kernel: 2.6.8-1-686), ide disk
- laptop2: with etch installed on a new computer (2 months), sata disk

Both laptops are dual-boot with windows xp, and with a FAT32 partition to 
share data with windows.

In laptop1, after 2 years of work, I lost suddenly 40% of the directories in 
the fat32 partition, without any apparent cause, I was working under linux. I 
had to recover it with a commercial software under windows, and all the names 
were converted to 8 characters dos names.

In laptop2, ALL the data in the fat32 was lost today. This computer was also 
used under linux when the incident took place!

Here below is the fstab of laptop1. laptop2 is used by another person, who 
already reformatted the partition, I can not do a diagnostic anymore.

In the fstab of laptop1 here below, I changed the vfat partition to read-only 
in order to avoid using it any more (its now a kind of permanent backup)...

What is the problem? This is very problematic because I installed similarly in 
4 other computers used by friends I convinced to use linux because it is more 
reliable!! I do not want to lose those new enthousiast... and to spend a lot 
of time to recover data or have the risk to loose again important things.

Thanks in advance,
 cat /etc/fstab
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# <file system> <mount point>                   <type>  <options>       <dump>  
proc            /proc                           proc    defaults        0       
/dev/hdc        /media/cdrom0                   iso9660 ro,user,noauto  0       
#hard disk
/dev/hda3       /                               ext3    
defaults,errors=remount-ro 0       1
/dev/hda2       none                            swap    sw              0       
/dev/hda6       /mnt/hda6                       ext3    defaults        0       
/dev/hda1       /mnt/hda1                       ntfs    
gid=1002,user,rw,umask=002,noexec,nosuid                0       0
/dev/hda5       /mnt/hda5                       vfat    
gid=1002,user,ro,umask=002,noexec,nosuid                0         0

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