On Fri, Feb 06, 2009 at 02:48:41PM -0500, Robert Huff wrote: > > Had a power outage recently; when trying to fsck several > external hard drives I'm getting unexpected errors. > For example: > > huff@>> fsck /dev/da3a > ** /dev/da3a > ** Last Mounted on /backup > ** Phase 1 - Check Blocks and Sizes > ** Phase 2 - Check Pathnames > ROOT INODE UNALLOCATED > ALLOCATE? [yn] > > a) what's probably happened?
Error messages are explained in Appendix A of /usr/share/doc/smm/03.fsck/paper.ascii.gz Unfortunately it says that this error "should never happen". :-/ Is the drive connected by USB? Some USB disk interface chips are quite quirky. > b) is there a way to recover the data? Answer y, and all directorys and files found in the root will appear in lost+found, unless the attempt to allocate the root inode fails.. Roland -- R.F.Smith http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsmith/ [plain text _non-HTML_ PGP/GnuPG encrypted/signed email much appreciated] pgp: 1A2B 477F 9970 BA3C 2914 B7CE 1277 EFB0 C321 A725 (KeyID: C321A725)
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