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Thread: After "Restore" of /home or /dev/sda6, OS boots into grub

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    Rumplestiltskin, Cal.
    Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr

    After "Restore" of /home or /dev/sda6, OS boots into grub

    On a re-boot to run from the GRUB prompt and try to restore the OS, Xubuntu booted. It has changed the desktop color theme, icons and such as the panel network manager icon, but everything seems OK. Please move on to someone who needs help. thanks.

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    The OS failed to boot last week. Today, after reformatting the harddrive into / (dev/sda1), /home (dev/sda6), I ran the Restore from the default Ubuntu package named: "Backup" (formerly Deja-Dup). It has restored all the objects in my /home. Hurrah!

    However, later today, because I could not install via apt-get, aptitude, or Ubuntu Software Center, I re-booted. That took me to the GRUB



    I'm in LiveUSB at the moment and would like some advice before I use "Boot-Repair".

    The objects that "Backup" backed up were in a partition that used ext3, or ext4. It is soooo long ago I don't remember which. As I have read where Linus says ext2 is "safer" (not quoting him here), I decided to use ext2 when I reformatted and partitioned the entire 400 gig drive as follows:

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 400.1 GB, 400088457216 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 48641 cylinders, total 781422768 sectors
    Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes

    Disk identifier: 0x00052a4f

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 2048 39063551 19530752 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 39065598 781422591 371178497 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 765798400 781422591 7812096 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda6 39065600 765798399 363366400 83 Linux

    Did I make a booboo by changing from ext3/4 to ext2?

    Would it be simpler to reformat to ext3 and re-partition the drive and then restore the "backup"?

    Is there anything else I should know before starting to use Boot-Repair? Maybe this isn't a GRUB problem and I'm confused. The computer community needs a keyword: bootdead to describe what happens when the OS doesn't work in the general manner in which it's coders intendd.
    Last edited by Mark_in_Hollywood; June 18th, 2013 at 12:31 AM. Reason: Problem disappeared on 2nd re-boot
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