View Full Version : [ubuntu] Did Jaunty kill my hard drive, or is it just bad?

September 22nd, 2009, 06:45 AM
My comp died today, grub throws error 2 and when I try to mount the *dead* partition, I get an error. A tail of dmesg is at the bottom.

Now, what's weird is when 9.04x64 was released I upgraded and started getting HDD corrupt type errors. I freaked, formatted, and switched back to 8.10x64 and had no issues. This week I decided to try 9.04 again. Today, after about 7 hours or normal operation, X started acting very strange. I tried logging out and got an "X could not be restarted" type BSOD. Then Grub started giving error code 2.

I use 9.04x64 with the nvidia drivers (180, i believe), on an Asus x83v laptop. Any ideas? Did my HDD die or is something else going on?

ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ dmesg |tail
[ 187.346997] mount -t ufs -o ufstype=sun|sunx86|44bsd|ufs2|5xbsd|old|hp|nextste p|nextstep-cd|openstep ...
[ 187.346998]
[ 187.346999] >>>WARNING<<< Wrong ufstype may corrupt your filesystem, default is ufstype=old
[ 187.347290] ufs_read_super: bad magic number
[ 187.350311] hfs: can't find a HFS filesystem on dev sda5.
[ 220.243302] mtrr: no MTRR for d0000000,10000000 found
[ 221.794027] lp: driver loaded but no devices found
[ 221.888269] ppdev: user-space parallel port driver
[ 257.041369] EXT3-fs error (device sda5): ext3_check_descriptors: Block bitmap for group 0 not in group (block 1114114)!
[ 257.041677] EXT3-fs: group descriptors corrupted!

September 22nd, 2009, 11:23 AM

What did you format the disk as? Seems to be mounting as UFS then giving Ext3 errors???

Anyway probably is a disk problem... If you need to recover stuff try testdisk (for recovering partition data)...

September 22nd, 2009, 02:31 PM
Thanks for the reply, tom -- yeah, i had it formatted as ext3. It was running jaunty fine all day (and had run it fine the two or three other times I booted into it). Then the hard drive seemed to die.

I wonder if it is loading as ext3, given the last two lines:
EXT3-fs error (device sda5): ext3_check_descriptors: Block bitmap for group 0 not in group (block
[ 257.041677] EXT3-fs: group descriptors corrupted!

Any idea what could have happened here? Any forensic gurus? I will run disk surface test this evening.

September 22nd, 2009, 03:06 PM
Whats the output of

testdisk /list /dev/sdX

(you may need to be root & have testdisk installed from synaptic / apt)

September 23rd, 2009, 05:11 AM
ran e2fsc -c /dev/sda5

found 10 inodes containing multiply-claimed blocks, all in ~/.mozilla/firefox/???/
lots of unattached inodes
lots of inode ref counts wrong
tons of free block counts wrong
tons of free inodes count wrong & directory count wrong

i tried install testdisk but ubuntu wouldn't connect to the internet on the livecd :-/ . what does it all mean?

September 23rd, 2009, 05:19 AM
so, after fixing that stuff, GRUB came back and i was able to boot into ubuntu and download testdisk and run. Seems like nothing abnormal here:
Disk /dev/sda5 - 61 GB / 57 GiB - CHS 7522 255 63, sector size=512

Disk /dev/sda5 - 61 GB / 57 GiB - CHS 7522 255 63
Partition Start End Size in sectors
P ext3 0 0 1 7522 166 24 120851412

The question remains:

How did everything get so jacked in the first place?

September 23rd, 2009, 06:05 AM

How to fix:
upgrade kernel to 2.6.29rc1 or better

My final thoughts?
linux, you're such a guy.

September 23rd, 2009, 11:19 AM
Glad you got it fixed anyway.