[Gllug] ext3 disk recovery?

Bernard Peek bap at shrdlu.com
Thu Feb 26 13:07:10 UTC 2004

In message <20040226122407.GA9241 at phaistos.bruce>, Bruce Richardson 
<itsbruce at uklinux.net> writes
>On Thu, Feb 26, 2004 at 11:20:32AM +0000, Wulf wrote:
>> I was doing so well with Linux at home - having had a fatal Windows
>> crash on what was my only home machine I ended up getting a couple of
>> new machines, a home network and installing Linux (Morphix) on an
>> alternative disk I put in the original machine.
>> It was great until Monday night when I did some work and then started
>> getting errors coming up. I managed to logout but couldn't properly
>> shutdown - I can't remember the exact error message but it was something
>> along the lines of a problem with the ext3 partition and data being
>> written beyond the end of it. On rebooting, hda wasn't even recognised
>> by the BIOS.
>Either the disk or the disk controller is failing.  Probably the former.

It's worth checking the ribbon cable first. I've seen similar problems 
when a cable got too close to a cooling fan. The OP has recently 
installed a disk so a faulty or loose cable is quite possible. It's 
worth replacing a 50p cable before replacing a £50 disk.

Bernard Peek
London, UK. DBA, Manager, Trainer & Author. Will work for money.

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