Partition fixer?

Most everything is running fine and Suse is now my default OS however, I sense something isn’t quite right as when I use Acronis True Image to image or backup my Suse partition I get a message saying that there are (forget the actual wording) problems in the partition; fix or continue with a sector by sector image. This only happens backing up the Suse partition and only started since I installed Suse where PCLOS used to be. Is there a Linux program that will check and hopefully correct errors? TIA.

I read this article the other day. Should help you.

Have the same problem with Acronis since upgrading till 11 and 64 bit which leads me to believe that it is something related to the 64 bit system.

To check the disks you can use e2fsck


All my OS’s are 32 bit and it only happens with the Suse Partition. I have Acronis 11 also. I see they have a new version out; wonder if that would help. Just ran Testdisk and looks ok:
TestDisk 6.10, Data Recovery Utility, July 2008
Christophe GRENIER <>

Disk /dev/sda - 250 GB / 232 GiB - CHS 30401 255 63
Partition Start End Size in sectors
D HPFS - NTFS 0 1 1 7648 254 63 122881122
D HPFS - NTFS 0 1 1 10199 254 63 163862937
D HPFS - NTFS 0 1 1 10207 254 63 163991457
D HPFS - NTFS 0 1 3 10201 254 63 163895065
D HPFS - NTFS 0 1 5 10203 254 63 163927193
D HPFS - NTFS 0 1 7 10205 254 63 163959321
D Linux 3824 0 1 8285 254 63 71682030
D Linux Swap 7649 0 1 7839 254 63 3068415
D Linux 7840 0 1 11026 254 63 51199155
D HPFS - NTFS 8286 0 1 30400 254 63 355277475 [Disk_2_NTFS]
D Linux Swap 10200 0 1 10390 254 63 3068415
D Linux Swap 10202 0 1 10392 254 63 3068415
D Linux Swap 10204 0 1 10394 254 63 3068415
Structure: Ok. Use Up/Down Arrow keys to select partition.
Use Left/Right Arrow keys to CHANGE partition characteristics:
*=Primary bootable P=Primary L=Logical E=Extended D=Deleted
Keys A: add partition, L: load backup, T: change type, P: list files,
Enter: to continue
NTFS found using backup sector!, 62 GB / 58 GiB

Will check e2fsck later; thanks.

Maybe this is the “third party tools cannot handle 256-byte inode ext3 partitions issue”. It’s explained in the 11.0 release notes.

Yes this is probably the case. Is there a way to change to 128 without formatting the drives?


Unfortunately not.

I thought as much. Guess I’ll have to ditch Acronis and find something else.
Have looked at loads of other backup apps but nothings seems as good. Any suggestions?

I wonder if Acronis 2009 would be a solution. I hate to upgrade and find I have the same problem. Maybe I’ll give Acronis tech support a go.

Just emailed their support with exactly that question :wink:


Learn something everyday:

MF570:/home/jim # tune2fs -l /dev/sdb5 | grep Inode
Inode count:              3278576
Inodes per group:         8176
Inode blocks per group:   511
Inode size:               256
MF570:/home/jim #


I got an email from Mr. Schreiber, author of Ext2IFS. He is going to add support for larger inode sizes in the next release. He didn’t say when that would be, just that it wouild happen.
Larger inodes will be supported in the next main release (version 1.12).

from: openSUSE 11.0 check before you install - PC Pitstop Forums post #10

True Image

I got a 3rd reply from Acronis True Image support this afternoon. My guess is that supporting larger inode sizes (and whatever goes along with it) may be a non-trivial thing. But they said their developers will work on it.

Thank you very much for your observation and for your suggestion. We have passed
this information to our developers and will let you know when the support for
larger inode sizes is added.

from same uri, post #6

I have looked at the latest True Image 11 changelog (8101) & see no ref to inode capability update. Maybe version 2009 which is available: we’ll see later.