usb hard drives and file recover

wirechief silvermachineman at
Mon Apr 13 20:31:30 UTC 2009

Not a good idea to run fsck check on a mounted partition you are
inviting a crash.
boot to a livecd and run your fsck tests
When I cannot find files, I find that using locate  in a terminal
works great, however you do
have to update its internal database with the command updatedb  before
using. the package
locate is not installed in the default Ubuntu, you need to install it.
apt-get update  then apt-get install

On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 10:32 AM, Tom Sparks <tom_a_sparks at> wrote:
> i have a usb hard drive i have formated it to ext3
> ever once in a while my hard drive fails to mount with the message bus timed out error
> believing it needs to have a fsck check, i start a fsck check on the drive, after 24 hours, and no updates on screen.
> i unplug the drive and run fsck on my desktop
> I get error after error on the desktop
> so what am i doing wrong?
> and how do i recover lost files?
> tom_a_sparks
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