lanzi at quantentunnel.de
Thu Jun 7 16:56:23 UTC 2007
We have a server still running Debian 3.0 (Woody) that nobody likes to
touch for maintenance ... ;)
Our home-directories are located on a separate HDD (30GB, 1 large
primary ext3 partition) and until yesterday it worked correctly. Because
the partition was nearly full we had to enlarge our home-space by moving
it to a larger HDD.
We decided to try a copy of whole partition by using gparted from the
The first try failed, because the FS-type of our home-partition wasn't
A second boot was tried and this time the FS-type was recognized
correctly so we started copying the partition to another HDD (80GB).
After about 40% to 50% the copy-procedure crashed an left our system in
an unusable state. The only way to re-use the sytem was to press the
Because we thought that the reason of this crash was caused by an error
in the APM-funcionality we tried it once more by booting the kernel
using the "noapm" parameter. But even this try crashed ...
After we rebooted again I mounted the source-partition to check it's
content. But all I found were three files visible on the partition.
The directory containing the userfiles was completely gone an in
"lost&found" there are hundreds of items.
After this horrifying discovery I unmounted the partition and subscribed
this mailing-list ... ;)
Unfortunately also our whole webserver-files were located in this
Now my question:
Is there any possibility to restore my directory (completely or at least
Thanx in advance for your help!!!
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