flash recovery area is corrupt/missing?

Hi, I had configured my flash recovery area on an external drive ( a usb drive). Now the configured drive is missing / corrupt and when I do a startup command I get the followig errror;

SQL> startup
ORA-01261: Parameter db_recovery_file_dest destination string cannot be translated
ORA-01262: Stat failed on a file destination directory
Linux Error: 2: No such file or directory
SQL>
What do I do? How can I run the following cammand to change the FRA
 
alter system set db_recovery_file_dest='\home\oracle\FRA' ?

Thanks for the help.

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Richard OlutolaConsultantCommented:
You need to change the db_recovery_file_dest parameters in the parameter file (init<sid>.ora) and start the database using the changed pfile.

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aej1973Author Commented:
Great! Thank you.

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aej1973Author Commented:
I realized that I do not have an init<SID>.ora file, the parameter file I have is spfile<SID>.ora file. What do I need to do? Thanks for thehelp.

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Richard OlutolaConsultantCommented:
That is a problem. The spfile file is binary and cannot be edited.

In a deperate situation I have tried to open the spfile and copied it into a pfile (init<SID>.ora).

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aej1973Author Commented:
how do I make sure that  I also have an updated init<SID>.ora) file on my system? Thanks for the help.

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Richard OlutolaConsultantCommented:
You can periodically issue the following command from sql*plus

SQL>create pfile form spfile;

This saves your server parameter file in pfile (ASCII) format. If you have problems starting the database in future you can edit the pfile and start the database using that.

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aej1973Author Commented:
Thanks a ton rolutola, that worked.

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