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I have a 40G drive that I have been running under 2.2.14 and later for quite a while. Yesterday, I accidentially auto-mounted the drive under kernel 2.2.13.  Since it can't handle that large of a drive layout, it did lots of nasty things to my drive. (They scrolled by too fast to see) Now I've got lots of unknown filetypes, and directories that want to be files. For example:

?---------   0 root     root            0 Dec 31  1969 in

Under 2.2.13, fdisk thinks:

Disk /dev/hdc: 32 heads, 63 sectors, 6935 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2016 * 512 bytes
   Device Boot    Start       End    Blocks   Id  System
/dev/hdc1             1     39703  40020592+  83  Linux native
Command (m for help): v
Total allocated sectors 80041186 greater than the maximum 13980960

My question is: When I go back to a sane kernel, is there a way to recover my information?

*Experts only, please*
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Booting to the older kernel probably didn't do anything to your drive.  Just boot back to the newer kernel.  Booting doesn't change the master boot record or the partition table.  (Running 'lilo' does, but you didn't do that, right?)  It's possible that some of the files in  /var/log/ may be messed up.  But you should not do anything else under that kernel because you do run the risk of corruption if you write a bunch of files before you switch.  And when you do switch back, make sure to edit /etc/lilo.conf so that you can't boot to the old kernel any more.  

If you do have any problems, you can sometimes recover with 'debugfs'.  However, it's complicated and probably unnecessary, and if you fool with it when you don't need to, you could cause REAL problems.  So just boot back to 2.2.14 in 'single' mode, runs fsck, and if there are problems, post back here.
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Hey, you were right. I thought it did nasty things to my drive..
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