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Here's how this happened:

I've got separate root, home, boot and swap partitions for my Arch Linux installation. Today I booted from a USB stick and mounted my root, boot and home partitions to /mnt, /mnt/boot and /mnt/home respectively. I then arch-chrooted into /mnt.

At this point, I did something I probably shouldn't have done, and ran startx. An X-windows interface popped up, but was unresponsive. I eventually pressed the shutdown button on my computer and Arch shut down. Now when I boot up, my home partition fails to mount, giving the error

unknown filesystem type "swsuspend"

Will I need to recreate the partition from scratch (losing all my data on /home or is this recoverable somehow?

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Search for other superblock on the partiton: dumpe2fs /dev/sdxn | grep -i superblock You should be able to find some and recover from there.

A full set of instructions can be found here: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/recover-bad-superblock-from-corrupted-partition/

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