OT: SD (SDHC) died, anybody knows how to recover ext3 partitions?

Len Morgan len-morgan at crcom.net
Thu Mar 6 13:23:20 EST 2008

To be even MORE OT, is it wise to use SD (or ANY FLASH based memory for 
that matter) as swap space?  Isn't there a fairly small (10-100K or so) 
write/erase cycles before it just won't work any more?  Is it possible 
that you just "used up" all of the available write cycles?

Just a thought...

len morgan

Andre Garzia wrote:
> Hello Friends,
> This is a way OT call but I believe that people here are a wonderful
> source of information and that maybe somebody might have traveled this
> road before so it's not a useless try.
> I have an Asus EEE PC (701). Its a wonderful machine. I spent lots of
> days customizing it for my daily developments. I've used a Transcend
> SD (SDHC) card with 16gb worth of storage and installed Ubuntu on that
> card. It took me days to get everything working but in the end I had a
> machine that I liked very much.
> Well, yesterday I did a dirty shutdown during a lockup. After that,
> all bugs broke loose, the card stopped booting.
> The card had two partitions, one swap and one ext3.
> Now, windows will detect the card but will show it as zero bytes card
> and will not allow me to do anything with it.
> Mac OS X will ignore it.
> Linux Xandros will detect and mount it saying it is zero bytes and
> will not detect anything.
> Linux Ubuntu Live CD using GParted will detect the card and say it is
> 7gb card!? (it was 16gb and it had way less than 9gb occupied.)
> I've given up trying to recover the card, I don't care anymore, I just
> want to know if someone knows a software for any operating system
> (preference: linux) that will force the format the card back to an
> empty 16gb card.
> I just don't want to loose the card, I had it for a week and it costed 150 USD.
> Any clues?
> :-(
> andre

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