HD Partition Lost??

Steve Watford stevew at aui.com
Thu May 20 20:40:45 UTC 2004


I am running FC1, with a maxtor 160GB HD installed.  Drive is only about a 
month old. I had just finished moving data from an older HD that was making 
some funny sounds and throwing some random errors. All was well.  Last night 
we lost power for several hours and 1 machine's UPS/shutdown system didn't 
power down the workstation. The other 7 in our office did fine.  The power 
was out for several hours.  
Anyway, I now have an unbootable partition with quite bit of unbacked up data 
on it I am trying to recover.  In the past, whenever we would have a disk 
problem I was always able to recover with tomsrt, e2fsck etc.  Sometimes it 
took a little while, but I can't even get started on this one.  I have been 
looking at lde but don't think I know enough of what I'm doing to make that 
work. During the booting of the machine it throws the following errors:

hda: dma_intr: status=0x51 { DriveReady SeekComplete Error }
hda: dma_intr: error=0x40 { UncorrectableError }, LBAsect=90895772, high=5, 
low=7009692, sector=0
end_request: I/O error, dev 03:03 (hda), sector 0
... repeats 10 time
kjournald starting.  Commit interval 5 seconds

I have commented the particular partition (/dev/hda3) out of the fstab file so 
it isn't even trying to mount it. When trying to mount it manually I get the 

steve]# mount -t ext3 /dev/hda3 /data
mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/hda3,
       or too many mounted file systems

e2fsck yields the following:

steve]# /sbin/e2fsck /dev/hda3
e2fsck 1.34 (25-Jul-2003)
/sbin/e2fsck: Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read 
while trying to open /dev/hda3
Could this be a zero-length partition?

[root at mercury steve]# /sbin/fdisk -l  /dev/hda

Disk /dev/hda: 163.9 GB, 163928604672 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 19929 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes

   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hda1   *         1       522   4192933+   b  Win95 FAT32
/dev/hda2           523       535    104422+  83  Linux
/dev/hda3          5659     19929 114631807+  83  Linux
/dev/hda4           536      5658  41150497+   f  Win95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/hda5           536      3722  25599546   83  Linux
/dev/hda6          3723      4359   5116671   83  Linux
/dev/hda7          4360      4996   5116671   83  Linux
/dev/hda8          4997      5123   1020096   83  Linux
/dev/hda9          5124      5250   1020096   83  Linux
/dev/hda10         5251      5377   1020096   83  Linux
/dev/hda11         5378      5604   1823346   82  Linux swap
/dev/hda12         5605      5649    361431   83  Linux
/dev/hda13         5650      5657     64228+  83  Linux

Partition table entries are not in disk order

We were set for the disk to mirror to another machine at 3 AM.  It never made 
it.  I really need to get to the data if at all possible.  Any suggestions 
would be much appreciated.


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