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> Hard disk not recognized correctly, Using PCLinuxOS and ReiserFS
frazelle09
post Nov 30 2007, 09:11 PM
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Have been having problems with my hard disk. It finally stopped booting. i got another one, installed it and installed the old one, a Maxtor DiamondMax Plus8, as slave.

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[root@LaGrandota frazelle09]# fdisk -l

Disk /dev/hdb: 8455 MB, 8455200768 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 1027 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/hdb1 * 8355 17985 77350270 83 Linux
/dev/hdb2 9630 21708 97014885+ 83 Linux
/dev/hdb3 8355 16710 67109888 0 Empty
Partition 3 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/hdb4 8355 16710 67109888 0 Empty
Partition 4 does not end on cylinder boundary.

Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 1275 10241406 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 1276 9730 67909306+ 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 1276 9730 67909275 83 Linux

The first disk is the injured one. It is obviously not detected correctly. It is only 40 GB in size (C/H/S = 4998, 255, 63). MCC (The "Control Panel from PCLinuxOS, Hardware tab, reports two disks, hda and hdb.) Hdb correctly reports two partitions as hdb1 and hdb2.

There is another tab in Control Panel called Run Config Tool. This runs something which looks like GParted and which would allow me to mess with the partitions. i say "mess" because at this point when i select hdb1 it has a tab to select Mount point. i chose /boot because it didn't offer "/" and when i did so, it listed a number of files which i remember being on this partition -- mainly the OS, /home is on the other, hdb2, partition.

First question: Should i "keep" Mount Point /boot, or use "/" or does it make any difference? i don't care about booting this thing again, just want to get my files from the second partition.

Second question: The other tabs are: Resize, Format, Delete. If i choose Format, it asks for a file type. i was using reiserFS but it is not detected as such. It shous up as Ext2. If if i format this partition, will this wipe all the info?

Thanks for any help and have a great evening! smile.gif
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michaelk
post Dec 1 2007, 02:57 PM
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Sorry, yes you did say you were using PCLinuxOS.

FYI, in linux all files are arranged in one big tree, the file hierarchy, rooted at /. The mount command attaches a filesystem to the tree at a mount point.
And mount point is nothing more then a directory.

Recovering data is not an easy task if not sometimes impossible so yes the easiest solution would be to wipe everything and start over.
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frazelle09
post Dec 1 2007, 06:00 PM
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Michaelk, thanks for replying! i appreciate your comments. Uh, let's just say that wipe and format are not options at this point -- but thanks anyway!

Update. i switched the hd to another compu and installed as slave again. Didn't want to risk borking my good box again. Ug. It is an HPVectra. Funny thing, it seems to have a better BIOS handler than this mobo that i'm currently using. It is able to set the C/H/S for each hd! Wow! although it doesn't seem to "keep" the settings. It also recognizes the hd as a Maxtor, something the other mobo wasn't able to do. Hmmm... those little green guys again.

Anyhoo, i used Testdisk again and after inputting the correct numbers for C/H/S, and running Find Partitions, it came up with the two partions and...

NO ERRORS!!! -- Is this a good program or what? It also recognized them as ReiserFs' and showed the correct size (although i can never tell since there's MB and Mb and sectors and clusters and everything else), but they are approx. 10 and 30 GB in size (for / and /home). It also had an option to write the partition table, which i did. ???

So, i let myself feel very happy for a couple of minutes (big happy smile icon here) and proceeded to do what you indicated...

mkdir /media/oldhd

mount -t reiserfs /dev/hdd2 /media/oldhd

And got, after the system worked a while, several errors. Something about seek errors? Shucks, i can't remember if i used hdd or hdd2. Hmmm.. Back to the drawing board. i'm downloading a bunch of updates now, so shall try a little later. Thought you'd at least like an update.

Have a great afternoon and thanks again for all the help! smile.gif (here's my one and only icon since this forum only permits one...)
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