How can I access a 2nd partition on a hard drive so I can retrieve data. I am running Fedora and the hard drive was my old Fedora drive where the boot went bad?

asked 2016-12-18 13:31:29 -0600

updated 2016-12-18 15:50:16 -0600

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I am currently on release 25. The hard drive was my old hard drive and it is also release 25. The data I want to access is on the 2nd partition. My boot sector went bad and I had to get a new drive. I have installed 25 and updated it. I am trying to get to the data with graphic file manager as root. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. I am having great difficulty in accessing my other backups as I normally (as root) make copies of my home directory but get errors when I try to access them. The failure of the hard drive was due to a bad checksum error. I have not written on the hard drive since then. Thank you.

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Welcome to ask.fedora. I've removed your email address from your question to keep it from being harvested by spammers. Normally, partitions like that are either mounted when you log in, or at least show up on your desktop so that you can mount them. What happens when you try to mount them as a regular user? (Going in as root is risky, and should only be done as a last resort.)

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-12-18 15:54:00 -0600 )edit

Thank you - I have been a member of Fedora Forum but had to join Fedora Project.When I mount the drive the only Partition that shows up is the boot manager and not the bigger part of the disk with the data. I am trying to recover from a bad checksum in the boot sector Paul Tudor

paulrtudor gravatar imagepaulrtudor ( 2016-12-18 18:06:20 -0600 )edit

I was under the impression (was taught many years ago) that when Root copied something that maintained the proper permission codes. There fore I also changed to root when making or restoring data backups. I have not tried to recover for several versions of Fedora. Thank you

paulrtudor gravatar imagepaulrtudor ( 2016-12-18 18:24:49 -0600 )edit

Yes, I understand about the checksum issue. From what you write, you have several partitions on that drive, but the one you need to recover doesn't show up. If you don't already have it, install gParted and let it look at the damaged drive as it may be able to correct the issues.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-12-18 18:28:20 -0600 )edit

I'm not saying that you should never use root, but that doing it in a GUI is risky because it's easy to make sweeping changes without realizing it. I have a widget on my panel to run my file manager as root, and if it gets used four times per year, it's unusual, but there are times when that's the best way to get something done.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2016-12-18 18:33:39 -0600 )edit