OT: Music server HD corrupt, cannot install Ubuntu, what app can repair drive?

The drive is fine. Somehow I hosed the filesystem. I cannot install Ubuntu now. This is my audio NUC. It crashed and I messed around and corrupted the whole thing. It is an SSD, The drive itself is brand new. I am guessing something from a bootable USB stick? I have Paragon Partition Technician edition. Would that work for this to recover and format the drive? I just want to ask anyone that knows more than I do before I mess it up even more. I apologize for off topic. Did not know where to put this. Thank you

Ubuntu live usb boot, use utilities to repartition drive and reinstall


I tried, it fails install.

any useful error message? (being almost unix, there will be error messages of some sort :slight_smile: )

I’d do what brett66 suggested.
Boot from a USB flash drive and mount the disk.
There is a free windows utility called Rufus [https://rufus.ie/] that can format the USB flash drive with the Ubuntu ISO.

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Ubuntu should be able to just wipe the drive and reinstall, shouldn’t be any need to get dirty with fdisk etc. (Or whatever the modern equivalent is).

If you want to save the data on the disk though before wiping you will indeed need to get funky on the command line (those were the days :slight_smile: )

The best practice is to separate the OS partition from the data partition.
That allows you reinstall as needed while your data remains safe.
If the disk is a lost cause, then when you re-install make sure to split the drive using primary partitions.
Hopefully, your music data is backed up somewhere else.

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Do you have a good reason to need Ubuntu? If not, simply load up ROCK and be done (presuming the use is for Roon, if for something else, never mind).

I just know Ubuntu. Don’t want to start with ROCK. I fixed it. It was not so easy but I can fix pretty much anything. I am not blowing my own horn but I have an MIT PHD in software Engineering. So who better could this happen to? I must admit even this eluded me for a few days.

So I used Paragon Partition Manager recovery boot in Linux. I wiped the drive. Unfortunately their lowest choice is DOD. So this takes 9 hours on a 2TB drive. This is just my OS drive. I could have a much smaller one but I just had this SSD. I then partitioned, formatted, pre-loaded the master boot record and the OS installed fine. Luckily my music is on 30TB SSD NAS. Yes, that is bucks but if you know me by now…

I appreciate you folks trying to fix it. This literally took a software Engineer :slight_smile:

Glad it is sorted for you.
Redhat Certified Engineer here, still got the pin badge, but things have moved on and I haven’t, so I am a dinosaur now :wink:

My guess is Red Hat moves on more quickly than Microsoft’s and Apple’s OS.

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Probably, and I am rather slower than I was once - doesn’t interest me really, IT used to be fun, but not any more, so in many ways (other than income) it is a Good Thing I don’t work in it any more :slight_smile:

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Honestly I am long since retired :slight_smile: I still know a trick or two. Red Hat is faster than Android. Especially if you count Beta. The worst software is Mozilla. They have “nightly” builds for those that care. I really do not enjoy to partake in unstable software. I have Windows insider fast track ring but I never dare use it. Great way to spoil your week. I really prefer a low level Linux or even Unix.

Do not get me wrong though. even though I was a software Professor I bet anything Ted knows 50x what I know. the man is a genius. I would love to meet him.

Thank you for acknowledging I sorted it out. It was not easy. It had nothing to do with Ubuntu. I corrupted the SSD. I managed this by trying to strip it to the core than running optimization software. It hosed a bunch of sectors on the SSD. I could not reinstall it once S.M.A.R.T. locked out all of the sectors. The 2TB drive was literally 1.6MB!

Well at least I am not the average senior citizen that does not know where the power button is lol.

Thank you folks

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I just install the current Fedora build for my workstation these days, including whatever version of Firefox is included, though it does run a bunch of KVM hosted CentOS 7 VMs in the background for various things, including my LMS music server, and Plex (for my wife’s film’s), it does me ok now.
Got rid of various old Unix hardware recently, Solaris, Tru64, AIX and the like - was fun once but too power hungry and no use for them any more.

I am running no fans. Low power. so not much going on. External LPS.

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