[Ubuntu, no] has corrupted my file !

sebastien scamot2004 at gmx.at
Tue Nov 14 17:36:17 UTC 2006

Hi James ! Hi all ! What a wonderful support, that's amazing how
powerful the linux/ubuntu community is.

OK Now Im convinced that there is no link with Ubuntu by itself in my
problem. i then remove the word 'ubuntu' in the topic.

This full of badblocks FAT drive is only 2 years old, 120Gb. It's my
second drive. The other one contains the OS (6Gb), my /home (6Gb) and a
free partition (6Gb ext3).

It had been formatted in FAT because I wanted compatibility between win
and linux, at this time I was double-booting and did not know there
was a driver to read ext3 in win$ (that's the problem when you're a
newbee. When youre a win$ user, you do not learn anything and find
yourself stupid when a problem occurs cos there is no support, at the
opposite of linux). If I had known this driver, Id have installed it
and formatted in ext3 with no
doubt at all.

But the disk has been bulkly filled-up as is, and
1,5 year ago I switched 100% to ubuntu. Data in FAT32

A notice : I always found this drive very low (slow first access,
and browsing). It is definitely slower than my old 20Gb
disk. I cannot remember if it was faster with win or not.

Im excited to try to format it in ext3 to see the difference. But
that's a hard work when you've got such amount of data.


On Wed, 15 Nov 2006 01:17:53 +1100
James Gray <james at grayonline.id.au> wrote:

> Hash: SHA1
> On 15/11/2006, at 12:55 AM, sebastien wrote:
> > Hi all ! Thanks for all info !
> >
> > This file was located on a FAT32 partition.
> <Adam_Savage>
> Well there's your problem!
> </Adam_Savage>
> [1]
> :P
> > badblocks /dev/ gives the foolowing output :
> > 75302080
> > 75302084
> > 75302085
> ... snipped
> Oh dear.  That's not a good sign at all.  How old is this drive?   
> Maybe time to backup your data and reformat (buy/borrow a drive -  
> afterall, how much is your data worth? Nothing? Fine....then why are  
> we having this discussion?!).  FWIW, if this is a dual-boot system  
> and you use the FAT32 drive to share data between Ubuntu and
> Windows, you may get better milage from installing an ext2 driver in
> Windows and formatting it as ext2/3:
> http://www.fs-driver.org/
> I've used this heavily in the past without a hitch, but as always,  
> usual disclaimers apply :)
> Cheers,
> James
> [1] Think "Myth Busters" (GIYF)
> Version: GnuPG v1.4.3 (Darwin)
> zAiFn/q/7RnIl/w7q1fXfbU=
> =hD+a

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