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    Recover from busybox/initramfs 8.04 NTFS

    I either installed Hardy heron or its predecessor by accident, but began running it exclusively. I did it way back when while trying to create a test drive disk, and I did not repartition the drive, because all my windoze NT stuff survived. I'm now 8.04. Yesterday I had a bunch of updates to do, did them, closed a ton of windows and then pulled up 3 open office files and each, when it came up said there wasn't enough space to save all needed information as they opened. I then closed them and one hung and froze the whole machine, leading me to do a reset. This is BEFORE rebooting from the updates.

    Now when I boot into Ubuntu (I'm dual boot) I start to get the opening Ubuntu GUI screen but then get :
    BusyBox V1.1.3 (Debian 1.1.1.3-5ubuntu12)built in shell (ash) line followed by:
    initramfs)

    I'm essentially a total noob, I've rarely used command line and not for a long time.

    I made a version 11.04 live disk, and it says that the file system is clean, but will not show me any of my old files, only the NT files and directories. I have a ton of unbacked up important data in Hardy Heron so I don't want to do an install from the 11.04 CD.

    I've read several threads so far, and can't seem to find anything addressing this that I understand. The drive is a 160GB drive on an HP Pavilion dual core that has a 154GB NTFS boot partition, which is where I'm sure the Hardy Heron files are, and a 6GB FAT32 HP_RECOVERY partition that windoze lists ad drive D (the NTFS is C) The live disk says the FAT32 partition is /dev/sda1 and the NTFS is /dev/sda2

    Where should I start? I've seen stuff about booting into recovery mode, but that isn't an option when I boot from the hard drive, and the only older ubuntu disk I have is for 7.something and generates "defective CD" type error messages.

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    Red face Re: Recover from busybox/initramfs 8.04 NTFS

    Bump!!

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    Re: Recover from busybox/initramfs 8.04 NTFS

    I don't understand BUMP.

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    Exclamation Re: Recover from busybox/initramfs 8.04 NTFS

    Additional Information:
    Using 11.04 live disk sudo fdisk -l says:

    disk /dev/sda 160.0GB
    40 heads 63 sectors/track 20673 cylinders
    units = cylinders of 1520 x 512 = 7741440 bytes
    sector size (logical/physical) 512 bytes/512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal) 512 bytes/512 bytes
    Disk identifies 0xd0c4b2ef

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 1 771 5828728+ b W95 FAT32
    /dev/sda2 * 772 20672 150451560 7 HPFS/NTFS


    sudo fsck -n /dev/sda2 says

    fsck from util-linux -ng 2.17.2
    e2fsck 1.41.14 (22-Dec-2010)
    fsck.ext2: No such file or directory while trying to open /dev/sda2
    Possibly non-existent device?

    Trying on /dev/sda1 gives the same error message.

    I used the GUI disk utility under Admin to mount /dev/sda2 which mounted at /media/HP_PAVILION

    fsck -n /dev/sda2 gave same error as above, ditto /dev/sda1, but
    fsck /media/HP_PAVILION said:

    Attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read while trying to open /media/HP_PAVILION
    Could this be a zero length partition?

    Got the same type of error after unmounting /dev/sda2 and mounting /dev/sda1 (as /media/HP_RECOVERY)

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    Re: Recover from busybox/initramfs 8.04 NTFS

    goggins,

    As near as I can tell you are dual-booting using Wubi. If that is the case then the hard reset corrupted the Windows file system. I used to run 8.04 Wubi and this happened more than once. To fix: boot into Windows, go to the command prompt, run chkdsk/r . Shut Windows down properly and then you should be able to boot into Ubuntu.

    Hope this works for you.

    Edit: Post #6 in this thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1530560 has additional info (if, in fact, you're using Wubi).
    Last edited by jmszr; May 23rd, 2011 at 06:33 PM.

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    Re: Recover from busybox/initramfs 8.04 NTFS

    jmszr - I'll try that right now. I was doing some clean up in win in case i found a was to mirror it and noticed that it does show ubuntu in the installed programs list, at 15,103 MB.

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    Re: Recover from busybox/initramfs 8.04 NTFS

    NOt good, seems worse. windoze chkdsk/r fixed some stuff, but I still get same error when trying to dual boot ubuntu. Worse, live disk now won't load, I got a multi-line panic which locked machine on the first try (10 lines) and one maybe twice that long n the next try. Since these require a hard reset, I'm afraid of trashing this os too, though I will probbly ty at lest once more. Maybe I'll try to get/make a 10.04 disk to use, though.

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    Re: Recover from busybox/initramfs 8.04 NTFS

    I made a 10.04 live disk and got it to boot. I had no luck with fsck, but was able to run sudo ls /media/HP_PAVILION/ after mounting /dev/sda2. I got a directory listing, of course, but it included some stuff that I hadn't seen before.

    Is ubuntu 8.04 buried in here in a recognizeable place and, more importantly, are my ubuntu based data files in here where I can find them? Clueless as I am, I tried 'grep -HR '.odt' /media/HP_PAVILION? and got a blisteringly long list tht included a whole host of binaries, and not at all what I wanted. Any cludes what to look for and what commands to use to find it.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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