My staging server, an Ubuntu 13.04, crashed and I need to recover some web files. I tried doing the boot-repair for 5 times now, but every time I run the boot-repair, the Recommended Repair option is not showing. My only option was Create Boot summary and my last boot-repair report is at http://paste.ubuntu.com/7216185/.

I am using an Acer Aspire 3610.

  • Why not use LiveCD for files recovery? – Danatela Apr 7 '14 at 10:37
  • I apologized for the incomplete information - I actually am getting Unknown file system - Grub rescue> so i tried to use LiveCD and install boot-repair from the "Try Ubuntu" environment, and that is where the "Recommended Repair" is not showing up – user2354681 Apr 7 '14 at 10:49
  • So what is your actual question? – psusi Apr 7 '14 at 14:32

Boot repair wouldn't recover files from a crashed pc or deleted partitions. It simply repair the boot-files or it would reinstall the grub on your disk and then update it.

From the boot-repair log, it was clearly shown that there is no Ubuntu partition other than the swap partition.There may be a chance of getting your Ubuntu partition deleted.

  • Thanks for the answer avinash. I actually run boot-repair in the hope of getting my grub running. Apparently, that was not the issue, so I run fsck on dev/sda1 and got a lot of errors. I am rebooting now but I am getting error sbin/init no such file, ...not syncing, would there be a chance of getting the files? – user2354681 Apr 7 '14 at 11:05
  • It's not possible to get your Ubuntu working.You can recover some of the files but not all.It's better to reinstall Ubuntu after removing the badblocks on that disk. – Avinash Raj Apr 7 '14 at 11:09
  • This would be my first time to re-install Ubuntu. How can I recover some files? Can I do that if I re-install Ubuntu on the same system? I don't want to take any chances of installing Ubuntu on the same system if there is a way to recover files before doing so. I appreciate the help! – user2354681 Apr 7 '14 at 11:12
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    Try testdisk to recover files from that partition. – Avinash Raj Apr 7 '14 at 11:14

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