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
> ALLOCATE? [yn] 
>       a) what's probably happened?

Error messages are explained in Appendix A of

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.. 

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