mount ext3 linux on ubuntu

HI
one of my linux system went dead :(
I ended up with using another ubuntu system, mount linux-based disks to extract all data.

On ubuntu system, I did "mount /dev/sdb3 /linux" .
Then I got error of corrupted file system, which lead me to use "fsck /dev/sdb3"
After all the processes are completed, I did "cd /linux" and "ls" (after remount /dev/sdb3 to /linux), what i saw was horrifying, no familiar folders are there ;(
I only see: lost+founds and a whole bunch of strange file , named core.???? (where ???? = number)

Is there anyway for me to get back the data?
I'm so thankful for your help
valleytechAsked:
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Michael WorshamStaff Infrastructure ArchitectCommented:
First did you create a directory called /linux then do 'mount -t ext3 /dev/sdb3 /linux'?

Unless you specify the mount type, you can cause disk corruption then you're back to square one with the problematic disk.
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valleytechAuthor Commented:
first I did "mount /dev/sdb3 /linux"
then the system showed error and force me using fsck, and i end up running "fsck /dev/sdb3"
after all that, I did "mount /dev/sdb3 /linux" again and list files/folders, I saw nothing but weird contents :(
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valleytechAuthor Commented:
I have done "mount" many times before without speciying ext3 or ext2.
If that causes problem, is there any away to reverse? ;(
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valleytechAuthor Commented:
under pressure, i might have caused this.
I ran "fsck /dev/sdb3" without specifying ext3 or ext2 and fsck assumes ext2. The result is more catastrophic.
I'm not experience at this level, can you please help?
Many thanks!!!
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Michael WorshamStaff Infrastructure ArchitectCommented:
If you already ran the fsck under ext2 rather than ext3, the data is most likely corrupted and irretrievable by normal means.

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