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*** An error occured during the file system check.

Dear members of the list,
   Yesterday I compiled and installed the latest
kernel from kernel.org linux-  I
installed it and was very happy to be running it. 
This afternoon I started the computer booting it I
came across the following message


Checking root filesystem
WARNING:  bad format on line 2 of /etc/fstab
WARNING:  bad format on line 3 of /etc/fstab
WARNING:  Your /etc/fstab does not contain the fsck
    field.  I will kludge around things for you, but
you should fix your /etc/fstab file as soon as you

The superblock could not be read or does not describe
a correct ext2 filesystem.  If the device is valid and
it really contains an ext2 filesystem (and not swap or
ufs or something else), then the superblock is
corrupt, and you might try running e2fsck with an
alternate superblock:
   e2fsck -b 8193 <device>

:  Is a directory while trying to open /

*** An error occurred during the file system check.
*** Dropping you to a shell;  the system will reboot
*** when you leave the shell.
*** Warning -- SELinux is active
*** Disabling security enforcement for system
*** Run 'setenforce 1' to reenable.
Give root password for maintenance
(or type Control-D to continue):  


My first instinct is that the hard drive failed.  The
other is that the new kernel busted the hard drive. 
Any suggestions?  Destroy the hard drive and put
another one or try something maybe we can fix it.



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