dell 2850 initrd problem.

Paul M. Dyer pmdyer at
Fri Jun 4 14:49:50 CDT 2010

fine.   In rescue mode, you can do debugfs or "e2fsck -f -b 32768.."   on the /dev/mapper/volume and try to get a good superblock and correct the filesystem.


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Croonenberg" <ronc at>
To: "Bond Masuda" <bond.masuda at>
Cc: "linux-poweredge" <linux-poweredge at>
Sent: Friday, June 4, 2010 12:11:53 PM
Subject: Re: dell 2850 initrd problem.


I am actually thinking about moving the date to another machine and/or
put it on another device.
(the rescue cd gives me the option to activate the network interfaces,
that way I could scp or ftp it to another machine and inspect the
retrieved data before anything else.)

Bond Masuda wrote:
> On Fri, 2010-06-04 at 12:47 -0400, Ron Croonenberg wrote:
>> Well here is the thing. We had a 'standby' server that basically
>> would copy everything every night and in case something bad ever
>> would happen to the main server we could run it off that one.
>> However that one got fried during that same power outage.
>> We also made backups on tape, and guess what.. the server that made
>> those backups also got fried..
>> So yes, it is pretty important data, it's pretty much the last
>> accessible data source we have, so I want to be really careful with
>> it.
>> I do have a few other machines that I can use to store data, etc..
>> Ron
> Wow, sorry to hear about your situation.
> If this is critically important, and your absolute last resort to
> recover the data, the first thing I would do is get an image of the
> entire drive, and also an image of each partition (you can get the
> partitions from the full image, but i find it easier to have
> individual partition images for convenience). By image, I'm talking
> about doing a
> dd if=/dev/sda ...
> if you don't have a place to store the images, just run down to the
> store and buy a 500GB, 1TB, or 2TB external drive of some sort... USB
> will be rather slow for anything on the order of 100GB's or more, but
> it still works; just takes time.
> you can then later make copies of those images to mess with without
> the worry that you're messing around with your only source of the
> data. Without the worry, you'll have more options for recovery...
> -Bond

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