When I try to boot my laptop, I get this message: /dev/sda1 contains a file system with errors, check forced. Inodes that were part of a corrupted orphan linked list found.

/dev/sda1: UNEXPECTED INCONSISTENCY; RUN fsck MANUALLY. (i.e., without -a or -p options) fsck exited with status code 4 The root filesystem on /dev/sda1 requires a manual fsck

Busybox v1.22.1 (Ubuntu 1:1.22.0-15ubuntu1) built in shell (ash) Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands.

(initramfs) _

when I write: fsck/dev/sd1 I get the message: /bin/sh:fsck/dev/sd1

What shall I do???


2 Answers 2


You need space between command and argument. The command is fsck, and the argument is the device /dev/sda1. Try fsck /dev/sda1. Note that there is a space between fsck and /dev/sda1.

Additionally you may want to use fsck -y /dev/sda1 to answer yes automatically to any questions fsck asks.

  • thank you, I've done so. Now my desktop is black?? I wait
    – Silke
    Dec 9, 2017 at 9:45
  • Nothing happens...what shall I do now? Help!!
    – Silke
    Dec 9, 2017 at 10:03
  • Now I see: /dev/sda1:***** FILE SYSTEM WAS MODIFIED *****
    – Silke
    Dec 9, 2017 at 10:13
  • and /dev/sda1: 2353330/4825088 files (0.2% non-contiguous), 17131265/19277824 blocks
    – Silke
    Dec 9, 2017 at 10:14
  • Then you have fixed your file system. Run fsck once more, and reboot.
    – vidarlo
    Dec 9, 2017 at 10:35

Alternatively you use fsck /dev/sda2; then type y to any question fsck asks; there must be a space between fsck and /dev. look keenly at the GNU of your Ubuntu if its /sda1 or sda2 reported having the error. fsck the specific sda which is reported to be having the error it works!

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