Trying to recover data from FreeBSD 4.11 system

Wael Nasreddine mla at
Thu Feb 14 06:43:48 UTC 2008

This One Time, at Band Camp, Joe Demeny <jd1987 at> said, On Thu, Feb 14, 2008 at 01:08:35AM -0500:
> I have an old Cyrix computer which doesn't post any more.

> It had 3 hard drives. The boot drive had the / partition as well as /usr 
> and /var, and the other 2 drives were configured with Vinum RAID 1 for /home.

> I hooked up what used to be the boot drive in a new system and it showed what 
> looked like some hex numbers and then the error message "BTX halted".

> So, I installed this drive as the second hard drive in a FreeBSD 6.2 system 
> and I tried to mount it, but I got "incorrect super block".

> Looks like I have /dev/ad1, /dev/ad1s1, /dev/ad1s1c, and /dev/ad1s1e.

> Is there a way to mount these filesystems?

When you try to mount it, what'd you get in dmesg ??

Wael Nasreddine
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