I was doing fine with Celena but wanted a little better networking. I logged in as root so I could edit the Samba configuration better. I logged off as root, logged on as user and everything seemed okay. On the next reboot things went wrong.
I don't remember all the error messages, but suffice it to say the file system was toast. I booted up on the Mint live/install disk to try to fix the Samba config file in case that was the problem, but it was gone, along with most of the filesystem directorys. The partitions look all fine and /home was untouched so all was okay. Then I clicked install to reinstall the OS.
When it rebooted the DVD died. It spins, other OS's says it's there, IDs it and all, but it is not able to read any disk. I have a removable hard drive system so it's easy to pop in another HD to check such things.
Well, I can order a new DVD drive, but didn't want to live without Mint while I was waiting for it. So I put the HD in another older computer and booted up the Mint CD live/install disk and then began the install. Everything looked fine.
Then came the first boot where it stalled. Somehow the HD now had two partitons, /boot and the rest of an unformated HD. Somehow all the other partitions were killed during the install process. Even /home is gone now