need help

Andrew Pantyukhin infofarmer at
Fri Mar 17 05:46:07 UTC 2006

On 3/17/06, Michael S <msherman77 at> wrote:
> Hi.
> I am relatively new to FreeBSD, have been running it since 5.1.
> Nothing like what I experienced today had happened previously.
> My machine crashed and I wasn't able to boot it back, the boot
> processes wasn't able to find the kernel. I then booted with the 6.0
> Release CD and went into the FIXIT mode.
> I wasn't able to mount /dev/ad0s1a (I have an IDE drive), I then tried
> fsck_ffs /dev/ad0s1 and the message was:
> ioctl Inappropriate ioctl for device
> fsck_ffs: /dev/ad0s1 can't read disk label.
> That machine was 6.0 p-1 (patched once) with slightly modified kernel.
> Is my data lost? Can anything be done still?
> Any help would be appreciated.
> Michael
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The bad news is that at least some data is lost and the
HDD is toast. You might also want to try and mount the
partitions read-only (this way they don't have to be clean).
Some data might still be accessible.

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