LUG: Linux system repair help

Christopher Painter-Wakefield cpainter at
Fri Apr 19 12:45:58 MDT 2019

Another option is to use an install image - boot into the "live CD", and then mount the drive on your computer.  Since you are root on the live CD, you will have permission to access all the files on your drive.

The only time this doesn't work is if you encrypted your drive or your home directory :)

After you backup your files, you can use the live image to repair your filesystem with fsdisk, and reinstall GRUB, and see if that helps anything.


On 4/19/19 12:23 PM, Samuel Warfield wrote:
My recommendation is to grab another computer and plug the drive into it and copy the files off of it. Tonight is the LAN Party so I have a spare computer ready if you want to restore it today

On Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 12:19 PM Qifan Liu <qifanliu at<mailto:qifanliu at>> wrote:

I am graduate student from the Geophysics department. My linux system died out of power at night by accident and could not boot next day. There are some files on the hard drive that I could not afford to lose and I am wondering whether anyone here could provide any help on the system repair.

My situation is:

The ubuntu system (16.04) stalls before the login interface and does not move forward (which might indicate disk corruption). When I reboot it and go into the CUI, I can still see my directories and files but was denied by the system when trying to copy files to external drives.

Would anyone provide any advice on how to backup the hard drive and repair the system? I can surely provide more specifics if needed.

Thanks a lot in advance,

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