Re: Lost /home partition
On 30/07/07, Dotan Cohen <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> In a Debian-based distro (Ubuntu) I have had a corruption of my /home
> partition, which resides on sda4 of my Dell Inspiron laptop. Not
> knowing what to do, and with no way to boot and google the situation,
> I played Y, Y, Y to all fsck's questions. Now, /home is empty. I do
> have a backup from 4 weeks ago, as I backup the first of every month,
> but I have done quite a bit of work this past month. I'm very
> interested in recovering the data.
> More info: This is a Dell Inspiron machine, 2.0GHz dual-core Intel
> processor, 2GB RAM, 80GB 7000RPM hard drive, ATI X1400 video. The disk
> is partitioned with sda1: 15GB /; sda2: 15 GB blank (Fedora was to go
> here) ; sda3: 3GB swap ; sda4: ~47 GB /home. I set these partitions a
> few months ago when I last installed Ubuntu. I had begun install of
> Fedora 7 when the machine crashed- I didn't get to the real install
> part. Upon rebooting (into Ubuntu), it complained something about
> inodes. I gave it the root paassword (yes, I had previously set a root
> password) and ran fsck (or something else resembling a rather
> unacceptable work, appropriate name by the way). A few Y, Y, Y's later
> I could boot the system. However, as soon as I logged into KDE I was
> returned to the login screen. I CTRL-ALT-F4ed into a terminal and
> logged in as root. I then cd'ed into /home, and ls showed that there
> was nothing there. I immediatly ran shutdown -h and now that I'm home
> I'm writing from the wife's desktop.
> Any help in recovering the /home/user directory, or even specific
> files therein, whould be very much appreciated. Thank you in advance.
False alarm.... A member of the Ubuntu list suggested that I check if
the disk was in fact mounted... which it was not....
Valuable lesson learned cheap tonight. I'm burning a backup as we
speak, and reading up on rsync.