Recover files from "damaged" SuSe Linux (or damaged MBR!)
Posted on 2007-10-02
About 5 months back, I had dual operating system (SuSE Linux 10.1 and Windows XP Professional) in my IBM Thinkpad laptop and everything was working fine! Due to a problem in Windows, I had to install Windows XP again but without formatting the older Windows XP!! That was working fine too except that I had two "Windows" folder in C: drive; One is: "WINDOWS" and the other is: "WINDOWS2"! At that time, I think I messed up with Master boot record (MBR) or something (but sure not with the Linux partition!) and can't access Linux anymore! I tried using Fix MBR from Windows CD but couldn't actually solve the error and I don't get the "Linux" option from the boot menu!
To recover my Linux files, I downloaded the 5 ISO files from download.suse.org, wrote it in CD and boot the system from the 1st CD! The system boots from the SuSE Linux CD, I tried using "Rescue System"... it asked for username.. I gave "root" and it just entered without asking password! (I have had password for "root" in the old SuSE installation!) I also see that there are no files in my "/home"!!
1. Do you think that the old Linux was crashed? If yes, how could I backup files?
2. If no, how could I load Linux from the system?
3. Or, is everything to deal just with MBR ?!
I just want to backup files from the old SuSE Linux somehow!! Please advise.