You should probably boot off another disk (like a live CD or a floppy) and t...

You should probably boot off another disk (like a live CD or a floppy) and then run the repair tool for your particular file system, probably e2fsck.

THANKS ! This question has plagued me for days. Am i to gather by this that the answer lies here solely or are there further actions that may be taken ?

Bruce, that should do it. If there is a problem with the File System. If the files are currupted beyond your fs recovery tool's ability to fix it, youmay be out of luck.

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