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Re: Drive gone bad

on Sun, Oct 19, 2003 at 12:47:57PM +0200, John Smith (netman1@home.nl) wrote:
> Hi all,
> yep, I've one, 'controller failure' once every few reboots, can still
> access the drive though and want to save some stuff. 'rescue
> root=/dev/hda2' works fine, but the ext3 filesystem seems to be
> damaged: 'EXT3-fs: can't find group descriptor' plus read errors on a
> sector.
> Anybody any hints on how to proceed from here? 

Buy a new hard drive.

Restore your data from your recent and regularly made backups.

> How do I boot without mounting anything and trying to run something
> (fsck?)

If you want to play with bad data, boot removeable media (Tom's Root
Boot, Knoppix, LNX-BBC) and dd the bad drive to good new media.  You can
treat this an an image.  You'll need to treat partitions separately.


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