My external hard disk is busy packing up. I tried to access the drive to save some photo's, but no success through Windows disk management. So I tried my linux box at work, read up about the fsck cmd on an external drive
sudo fsck /dev/sdc and got this
"Superblock invalid, trying backup blocks...
fsck.ext2: Bad magic number in super-block while trying to open /dev/sdc" e2fsck 1.42 (29-Nov-2011) ^Ce2fsck: Bad magic number in super-block while trying to open /dev/sdc
The superblock could not be read or does not describe a correct ext2 filesystem. If the device is valid and it really contains an ext2 filesystem (and not swap or ufs or something else), then the superblock is corrupt, and you might try running e2fsck with an alternate superblock: e2fsck -b 8193
So next step:
e2fsck -b 8193 /dev/sdc
e2fsck 1.42 (29-Nov-2011)
^Ce2fsck: Bad magic number in super-block while trying to open /dev/sdc
As seen from the output above, it looks like it's a bit too late. So I thought one last resort might be to ask for recommendations? Any advice would be appreciated.