The last time I used Virtual Box Windows XP, I was copying file directories in the background with Ubuntu 12.10 at the same time. These were files on my 1.4TB Seagate GoFlex external HDD; I was trying to get them safely from one partition to another.
Unfortunately, when I saw the Seagate drive listed under storage in VBox, I completely forgot the damn thing was otherwise engaged and got all curious to see if I could access it. Two OS's glomming onto the same drive at the same time brought my 40GB file copy to a crashing halt.
I got the hell out of VBox and rebooted Ubuntu but it was too late. My partitions refused to show up on my desktop. I fired up Gparted and found it had quite a few scary things to say:
-- No such file or directory -- Couldn't find valid filesystem superblock -- Unable to read the contents of this file system. The cause might be a missing software package.The following list of software packages is required for file system support: e2fsprogs v1.41+ (EXT4 Partitions) dosfstools, mtools (FAT32 Partition)
Is there a way to get my directories back and my partitions working right? Or do I need say aw hell and just reformat the whole damn drive. I've got copies of most of the files, but still... I wanna know how to fix this thing.