dell 2850 initrd problem.

Paul M. Dyer pmdyer at
Wed Jun 9 10:33:58 CDT 2010

Hi Ron,

Sorry for the delay.  Been busy with things.

If you believe the other LVOL is a  filesystem, you can run e2fsck on it also.   Yes, the first LVOL may be a swap partition.   The "-b 32768" parameter is telling e2fsck to use superblock at location 32768, instead of the default location.   If you have a superblock that is corrupt, that command is using the first backup superblock.   So, you could try the default, if fails, then the first backup superblock, then the second, ...

default superblock:
"e2fsck -f /dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00"

first backup superblock:
"e2fsck -f -b 32768 /dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00"


----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Croonenberg" <ronc at>
To: "Paul M. Dyer" <pmdyer at>
Cc: "linux-poweredge" <linux-poweredge at>
Sent: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 9:18:30 AM
Subject: Re: dell 2850 initrd problem.

Hi Paul,

I managed to move pretty much all data from the 'hosed' machine to
another place. (there are a few things that I would like to salvage but

I would like to make an attempt to fix the filesystem and see if I can
get some more of it.

So if I issue:
"e2fsck -f -b 32768 /dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol01"

because that is the one with the bad superblock? that I found a bit ago

> e2label /dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol01 : bad magic number in
> Group-LogVol01. couldn't find valid filesystem superblock

(although Jefferson mentioned that might be swap)

there is also:

/dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00 but I thought that was /boot ?

sorry about all the questions, but I am a bit of a rookie with fixing
crashed filesystems.



Paul M. Dyer wrote:
> 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.
> Paul
> ----- 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.
> right,
> 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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