Need help recovering from hard disk failure

Neil hok.krat at
Wed Oct 8 10:07:56 UTC 2008

On Tue, Oct 7, 2008 at 5:45 PM, John Hubbard <ender8282 at> wrote:
> My machine (running 8.04.1) has 3 hard drives.  Two drives are formated
> with LVM and are mounted as /srv.  The other drive has /boot, /home,
> swap, and /.  One of the LVM drives failed.  (I get a S.M.A.R.T BAD
> during BIOS check.)  When ubuntu boots (either recovery mode, or
> standard boot) eventually kicks me to busy box.  tty1 gives me some
> error messages:
> kinit: trying to resume from /dev/dsk/by-uuid/5...6
> kinit: No resume image, doing normal boot...
>  (I never hibernate working on this machine.(
> mount: Mounting /dev/disk/by-uuid/3...3 on /root failed: Invalid argument
> mount: Mounting /roog/dev on /dev/.static/dev failed: No such file or
> directory
> mount: Mounting /sys on /root/sys failed: No sush file or directory
> mount: Mounting /proc on /root/proc failed: No such file or directory
> Target filesystem doesn't have /sbin/init.
> I tried un-plugging the bad disk but that has no effect.  I realize that
> I probably won't be able to recover any data off of the bad disk but is
> there any hope to 1) get my machine back into a bootable state, and 2)
> recover data off of the other half of the LVM?
> Unless someone has suggestions I was going to boot to a live cd, try to
> copy as much as I can to a USB hd, and then reinstall.  I already have a
> replacement hard drive to put in.
> If I used gparted to set up the replacement drive can I put its uuid
> into /etc/fstab and 'fix' everything?  If so how do I identify its uuid?
> Thanks in advance.
> --
> -john
> To be or not to be, that is the question
>                2b || !2b
> (0b10)*(0b1100010) || !(0b10)*(0b1100010)
>        0b11000100 || !0b11000100
>        0b11000100 || 0b00111011
>               0b11111111
>        255, that is the answer.
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Usually the best advice is indeed to boot from Live CD. DO NOT TRY AND
BOOT FROM THE DISK. Booting from the disk may increase your problems.
In the Live CD you should install ddrescue
( and use that to
copy the ENTIRE DRIVE to a new disk.

ddrescue has some advantages above dd.


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