After system didaster how to prepare / save most important data ?

SYNass IT Ubuntu / Linux i-ubux at
Thu May 22 03:00:15 UTC 2008

Hi Mike
Thanks for your feedback and warning intervention ! 
I do not neglect: If it ain't broken, don't fix it !! 

On Wed, 2008-05-21 at 18:14 -0700, Mike Bird wrote:
> On Wed May 21 2008 17:55:45 SYNass IT Ubuntu / Linux wrote:
> > I would appreciate an additional effort and help ...
> > ... to avoid resp. block the quite regular system fsck at boot time,
> > coz I fear that the fsck may bring my system into real troubles !?
> Unless you clearly understand how e2fs and fsck work and why running
> fsck is a bad idea in your case, not running fsck is more likely to
> make things worse than if you just allowed fsck to run.

I really appreciate your warning and aware of it !
As an avid long years OS/2 user I know this too good because M$ Windoof
always wants / wanted to repair what isn't to their likes and accepting
their offers to repair always made things either worse or UN-usable !!

No system tool like fdisk nor GParted recognizes any partitions on this
HDD anymore, 
however and luckily, the two OS'es are still bootable and working in
their usual way !

I am in a very troublesome preparation to get my important data (/home
under Ubuntu and 
Documents and Settings under WinXPP) extracted fast and proofed reliable
soonest !!

That's my argument here to have absolutely NO interfering from 3rd party
functions !!! ;-D

> > Why:
> > My systems HDD has 120GB !
> > Another source means the HDD to have 2249,08 GB !?
> > HOOH ???
> What is the source of the bad size and what exactly does it say?

Must be seen in M$ WinXPP Disk Management !? ;-((

> > So I would like to have all automatic checks stopped ...
> > ... until I have backup my /home/svobi and the Documents and Settings in
> > WinXPP !!!
> Usually issuing "sudo touch /fastboot" EVERY TIME before shutting down
> or rebooting is enough to prevent fsck on the next boot.  However, you're
> more likely to make things worse than if you let fsck run, unless you
> clearly understand how e2fs and fsck work and why running fsck is a bad
> idea in your case.
> If you have serious HDD problems, you'd be better off booting from a
> Live CD and using the HDD as little as possible.

You are 101% correct ! ;-D

How can a LiveCD help if tools like RescueCD 1.0.2 and its GParted 0.3.6
fdisk do not see the HDD partitions ?? ;-|

And please do not forget:
Here is no Linux / Ubuntu system expert nor a Linux / Ubuntu power user:
Here is a deep jungle green newbie / greenhorn with its first steps to 
get rid of these system troubles. ;-D

I hope and wish: Murphy's law doesn't show up here !!!

Once again: Thank you and cheers, 

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