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    I think I messed somthing up

    Hi all I have had troubles with my dads computer and I used a DSl live cd version 3.4 I think(ubuntu wouldn't load) and I kept getting a hard disk error. So I dmesg | grep hd and get the out put then I get this idea to do it on my machine loaded with hardy. Now I got nothing from the output and like a dummy I did a sudo dmesg |grep hd and still got nothing. I went on to do something else like download a torrent and I noticed something strange like azureus wasn't even a option when choosing a torrent client. So I use locate in terminal and it shows up so I try to find it using the option to pick the client to open the torrent file with and I can't locate it even though terminal locate told me where it is. I check and my file system is showing all crazy numbers when I click on properties. I reinstall azureus and it has all my torrents and everything seems fine (except main file system size reporting) so I am at a loss as to what happened and how to fix it. any ideas ? thanks in advance for your time and suggestion

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    Re: I think I messed somthing up

    What exactly do you mean by "my file system is showing all crazy numbers"? I don't believe that dmesg should be able to do anything to your system from a brief look at the man page.
    I do not use Ubuntu any more, nor have I ever used Gnome. Therefore, I tend to give advice that is distro- and DE-agnostic, which, while perhaps not the easiest way, will allow you to move freely between machines.

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    Re: I think I messed somthing up

    my hard drive is a 100 GB and its showing it as 197.1 GB

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    Re: I think I messed somthing up

    What OS is installed on your dad's machine?

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    Re: I think I messed somthing up

    my dad's was a windows xp box now its a dsl live cd for the moment I'm on a hardy box

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    Re: I think I messed somthing up

    What was the problem that was happening in XP?

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    Re: I think I messed somthing up

    it was booting to the safe mode select screen. I used a gparted live cd to see If i could repartition it and had a string of errors that are related to the boot sector and now its totally unable to read the hard drive. I will have new hard drive to install in a day or two so that machine will be taken care of. I'm concerned with my machines loss of azureus and the main hard drive showing up at double the size of what it is with the reading of the right amount of free space. any ideas?

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    Re: I think I messed somthing up

    I think it could just be a case of the dying hard drive.

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    Re: I think I messed somthing up

    Please post

    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    What program is showing the 100GB drive as being 197GB? GParted?

    Sometimes the filesystem can think it has a different size than the partition that it is on. Sometimes it can take up less space, but I've never heard of it taking up more space. Anyway, if that is the problem, the following command is safe, and may (or may not) fix your problem:

    Code:
    resize2fs /dev/sdax
    change the x in sdax to an appropriate value. This works for ext2/ext3 filesystems only.

    Explanation from the man page for resize2fs:
    The size of the filesystem may never be larger than the size of the partition. If size parame‐
    ter is not specified, it will default to the size of the partition.
    Last edited by unutbu; May 21st, 2008 at 10:21 PM.

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    Re: I think I messed somthing up

    heres the out put of the fdisk -l
    Disk /dev/sda: 100.0 GB, 100030242816 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 12161 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0006363c

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 11973 96173091 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 11974 12161 1510110 5 Extended
    /dev/sda5 11974 12161 1510078+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

    Disk /dev/sdb: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00033072
    nautilus is the one showing the wrong size for the main hard drive thanks for all your help

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