Hi guys, I am in deep bantha dung and I need your help.
I stored some precious files on my computer that is using a dual boot with Windows Vista, of course the files I need that happen to be in the order of 6gig are on my Linux partition.
Of course I did not want to just leave my important information there without backing it up but when I went to do that I went into a serious problem.
When I booted up my previously fully functional OpenSuse 11.1 OS I found that nothing worked where previously it did.
My mouse no longer works, my thumb drives that worked perfectly fine before now complain that I cannot mount them because they are “vfat” and to add further insult to injurey I cannot login to my network for internet access which was working just fine before and in case you are wondering NO I did not try to make any modifications to any configurations its just a matter of one day its working fine and the next “nothing” works.
I just got done trying three different methods to access my Linux partitions from my Windows machine and tried every suggestion in there troubleshooting faq but alas to no avail.
So in case I need to list my system specs I have a Toshiba L305D-S5900 dual booting OpenSuse 11.1 and Windows Vista 32 bit.
All I need to do is transfer that file and thats it!
Excellent suggestion malcom.
Also do you or someone else know if I can just reinstall OpenSuse 11.1 over my old install and if my theory is correct as long as I do not format the drive my data should still be there right?
> Excellent suggestion malcom.
> Also do you or someone else know if I can just reinstall OpenSuse 11.1
> over my old install and if my theory is correct as long as I do not
> format the drive my data should still be there right?
the rescue option Malcolm mentioned will (should) repair your system
as if it were reinstalled…and, leave all your data and personal
settings as you had set them…
in other words: the MS practice of reinstall (rather than repair) is
just part of the so-last-century design of Redmond software…
it is usually not required to reinstall Linux to fix a problem…
in fact, doing that you often find the same problem continues to
exist, or will soon pop up becuase they are often problems introduced
by the user actions, or user installed software (which when installed
the next time will cause the same problem it did the first time)…
it is just like expecting a reboot to fix a problem (almost never
works and often causes more problems in Linux)
OK great help guys, your worth a million.
I just got done mounting my usb flash drive and hard drive and started copying the files but then a new problem came up.
I cannot copy my 6gig file to my 8gig USB flash because apparantly the system cannot read a USB flash larger then 4gig (it stopped copying at 4gig and said the file was too large and left a 4 gig chunk of the file on the flash drive).
Wew now I am stuck again, is there someway I can split the file?
On 11/05/2009 11:16 AM, fartwimp wrote:
> OK great help guys, your worth a million.
> I just got done mounting my usb flash drive and hard drive and started
> copying the files but then a new problem came up.
> I cannot copy my 6gig file to my 8gig USB flash because apparantly the
> system cannot read a USB flash larger then 4gig (it stopped copying at
> 4gig and said the file was too large and left a 4 gig chunk of the file
> on the flash drive).
> Wew now I am stuck again, is there someway I can split the file?
The fault is the VFAT file system on the flash drive. Microsoft
Surprisingly, the command you want is “split”. For what you want to
do, you should use the command as follows:
split -b 3G <input file> <PREFIX>
This command will split the input file into 3GB pieces with names
PREFIXaa, PREFIXab, etc. You will then be able to copy them to the
Or format the USB stick as ntfs, you can do that from the partition manager in openSUSE. Just click on the menu and type - partit into the search box at the top there, that should show the partitioner.
I had the same problem last week, I thought vfat could carry big files, obviously not.
OK I got all of my data transfered and I could not have done it without your guys suggestions.
I just cannot help but wonder what went wrong that is making my OpenSuse OS mess up so I can make sure it never happens again.
Been running SuSE since ~7.3 w/ dual boot setups.
The only time can remember “worked yesterday but not today” (and NO changes) the issue was a dying HD. All HDs fail, only a question of when. Have you run smart? Also, most of the HD manufacturers have their own diagnostic software that you can download. Many run Dr.DOS and are self bootable (floppy).