Can't Boot or Rescue

Hannibal S. Jackson hannibaljackson at
Thu Jan 8 16:49:00 UTC 2009

Got a linux server, a sysadmin accidentally pulled the power to the server thinking it went elsewhere. Server and RAID crashed hard, now server will not come back up. Powering up server dies and it complains about label = / not being found and that the kernel has panicked - not syncing - trying to kill INIT and it dies. Tried to boot of installation CD into rescue mode, claims there are no linux partitions available; however, if we let it go through the beginning phase of the install, it picks up the disks and sees the existing partitions. Because it doesn't find the partition it won't mount /mnt/sysimage or whatever it's called, therefore, I can't run FDISK -L. Any ideas on how to recover the partition and bring the machine back up so I can run an FSCK on the RAID b/c I'm sure those disks are not in a great state right now either. Thanks.


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