My computer froze. I turned it off and it re-booted with this error:

/dev/sda2 contains a file system with errors, check forced. Inodes that were part of a corrupt orphan linked list found.

/dev/sda2: UNEXPECTED INCONSISTENCY; RUN fsck MANUALLY. Fsck exited with status code 4.

Please explain it to me what I need to do simply, as I am really new to Ubuntu.


At the prompt write fsck -y /dev/sda2 to run manual check on the filesystem. The '-y' option will automatically answer yes to all question.

  • Is it: fsck -y/dev/sda? – Benjamints Mar 7 '17 at 12:57
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    Are there any spaces, and should SDA be SDA2? – Benjamints Mar 7 '17 at 12:58
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    /dev/sda2 not /dev/sda – solsTiCe Mar 7 '17 at 13:00
  • OK thanks but is there a space between -y and /dev/sda2 ??? – Benjamints Mar 7 '17 at 13:13
  • @Benjamints Yes there is a space there – Elder Geek Mar 7 '17 at 15:42

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