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This isn't exactly a setup problem, but this seems to be the closest forum.

I was setting up a new hard drive last night and apparently knocked around one of my old drives a little too hard.  When I tried booting of the old drive I got a kernel panic (with a message I didn't write down).  I booted from floppy
and ran e2fsck.  I saw the following:

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/dev/hda2 contains a file system with errors, check forced.

Error reading block 64734 (attempt to read block from filesystem resulted in short read) while reading indirect blocks at inode 14317.  Ignore error <y>?
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to which I responded 'y'.  Then I got:

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Inode 14317, i-blocks wrong 1056 (counted 1338).  Set i-blocks to to
counted <y>?
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to which I responded 'n'.  After this I got many, many repeats of the first message and a couple repeats of the second, but with different numbers.  I eventually got tired of typing responses, so I gave up and tried to mount
the drive read-only just to see what would happen.  After successfully mounting I typed 'ls' and got:

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Kernel panic: EXT2-fs panic (device 3/2): ext2_read_inode: unable to read i-node block - inode = 124442, block = 499719.
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Whatever is wrong with the drive is probably localized since I can boot to DOS with the same drive and don't see any problems.  I realize the drive is history, but I have some data I'd like to recover if at all possible.  Any ideas on how I might accomplish this?

Thanks,
Rich

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I think you have some bad sectors on the disk. Try running badblocks, possibly followed by fcsk again.
Or maybe it is just a corrupted superblock. e2fsck -b 8193 could help in this case.
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