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Help Needed For Restoring my mint

Postby junaod02 on Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:04 pm

Hello All
I have been using the Linux Mint 4.0 for quite a while now when today
Suddenly my Mint got corrupted out of blue
now i tried to use FSCK and it has some how fixed the files system but when i rebooted the system after the file system checking
Linux loaded normally at first
but then there comes the problem
that i can't even Login in the graphical interface
whenever i try to login in console whatever i tried to write in the console i get the Following Reply
Login Incorrect
Maximum Number of Tries Exceeded
so i was wondering that is there any way to restore my system again without reinstalling the whole thing which of course will result in losing all my data on my hard drive partition which i am trying to save
so that i don't have to lose my all the packages and the important data on my hard drive
so is there any way out of this situation :S
Help me guys
Waiting anxiously
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Re: Help Needed For Restoring my mint

Postby Fred on Sat Apr 26, 2008 8:45 pm

junaod02,

If you don't know what happened that corrupted your install, I am certain that I don't know.

I can tell you how to save your data however. I am assuming you don't have a separate /home partition. If you do, don't go any further. Post back.

Use your Mint live cd, or if you have a lot of data to transfer then go to the url below and download Puppy shard 3.01 iso. It is a small, 155 MB, fast, live cd that you can use as a tool kit.

Look in the menu of the live cd desktop and open Gparted. Look and see how much spare space you have in your Mint install. The system itself should be about 4 Gig. The difference between that and the amount of space that is actually being used is mostly data. This will give you some idea of the amount of space you need to free up. Shrink your Mint install partition to just a bit more than it is occupying. Hopefully this will give you enough space to make another partition to transfer your data to. Make the new partition and format it to ext3. Close Gparted and reboot the live cd.

When the live cd comes back up, copy your /home/username folder from your Mint install to your new partition.

From here on I need a little more information.

1) How large is your disk drive?

2) How large is your Mint install?

3) Do you have a Windows install? If so, How big is it?

4) What else, if anything is on that drive?

5 Do you have more than one drive?

In fact it would be better to answer these questions first. :-)

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Re: Help Needed For Restoring my mint

Postby junaod02 on Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:13 am

Dear Fred
You are right
i don't have the separate /home
everything is on the same partition
i have done this to save time and now the thing ended badly :S
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Re: Help Needed For Restoring my mint

Postby junaod02 on Sun Apr 27, 2008 4:49 am

Dear Fred

Answer to your questions are :

I have only one partition on which Mint is installed

I don't have windows

The Drive is around 108 GB

and mint installation is on around 5 GB

and rest is my data on it

so is there any way out of this situation

Thanks a lot for helping me out
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