HD corruption

jludwig wralphie at comcast.net
Tue May 4 19:24:05 UTC 2004

On Tue, 2004-05-04 at 13:34, BlkPoohba wrote:
> disk -l:
> Disk /dev/hdb: 60.0 GB, 60022480896 bytes
> 16 heads, 63 sectors/track, 116301 cylinders
> Units = cylinders of 1008 * 512 = 516096 bytes
>    Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
> /dev/hdb1             1     54662  27549616+   c  Win95 FAT32 (LBA)
> /dev/hdb2         54662    116301  31065992    c  Win95 FAT32 (LBA)
> When I came home Sunday afternoon my system was locked up.  I rebooted
> and I guess everything was fine because I was able to listen to my music
> over the web while at work.  When I got home last nite i could not
> access the Full Albums dir.  Now all of the dir look weird.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated.  I also have /mnt/Video which has
> home videos and pictures that i really don't want to loose.  It would
> always mount at boot.  mount -t vfat /dev/hdb2 /mnt/Video but now i get wrong fs when trying to mount it manually because it won't mount at boot
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I looked at this with a hex editor shifting/inverting bits and such
antics and could not find a realistic pattern that would alloy recovery.

1) If it is critical data then make a copy (of the corrupted data)
before trying to restore the data -- don't trust any undo process. 

2) Verify that this wasn't caused by a virus or hardware failure.

3) There is a possibility that the dos command <fdisk /mbr> may restore
your data. Bee careful since once some changes are made they cannot be

jludwig <wralphie at comcast.net>

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