brianp at spamcop
Apr 16, 2005, 5:50 PM
Post #2 of 15
Have you tried booting with the latest LiveCD? If so you may be able
mount the filesystem and read the data you need off (e.g. scp to another
I last tried the 2004.3 liveCD and was not able to read my DAC960 raid5
drives. I've not tried the 2005.1 livecd yet, but I have been able to
recover before by booting my system off of the additional 9 GB drive I
have in the system.
On Sat, 2005-04-16 at 20:09 -0400, Jean-Sébastien Guay wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> Everyone's worst nightmare just happened to me. For no reason (that I
> can see), all my data is gone from my Gentoo Alpha machine. I'll start
> from the beginning...
> The machine was running for about 4 days since last reboot. Everything
> seemed fine. I had logged in through SSH from another machine and was
> trying to do an emerge --sync, and it gave me lots of messages saying
> that /var/cache/edb/... was read-only. For some reason, the / filesystem
> was mounted read-only (it wasn't the last time I was working on it...
> after the last reboot). So I tried to remount / read-write, but it said
> it couldn't. So I figured had to reboot the system so it would remount
> it read-write.
> After the reboot, it came up with an error saying it couldn't mount the
> root fs, and that I had to fix things manually. I entered the root
> password, and ran fsck, answering yes to every prompt (as I always do, I
> don't know enough about the filesystem to say "No! Don't fix inode
> 39047850 because that'll break everything!"... ) When I was done, the
> system rebooted alone, and when MILO tried to start the kernel again, it
> wasn't there anymore. The whole root partition seems to be totally empty
> My /tmp and /var/tmp partitions are still there though... *grins
> sheepishly* Why isn't it ever those partitions that get wiped out? :-(
> I had lots of data that I would rather not have lost on that partition
> (though I can rebuild the system, nothing was absolutely essential, but
> it would take a long time to get it back to how it was).
> So my question is, let's say I boot with a Gentoo LiveCD, is there
> anything I can do to try and recover some data from that partition? Or
> is everything gone forever? (I REALLY hope the former is true, and not
> the latter...)
> Help me Gentoo-Alpha List, you're my only hope...
> Thanks in advance,
> Jean-Sébastien Guay jean_seb [at] videotron
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