One partition of corrupt hard drive can't be mounted

What does it mean, if one partition of a hard drive with error can't be mounted while all others are mounted? (Especially the first, boot partition can be mounted, means the partition table should be available.)

Recover from unmountables

And i'm having trouble to recover the partition, if i can't mount it. Which tool exists for Debian, (maybe in forensics-all) to recover data from a non-mountable disk / partition?

Which tools don't work: dd dc3dd extundelete gddrescue (gnu ddrescue) myrescue

if mounted:
ddrescue: Can't open input file: No such file or directory

if not mounted:
ddrescue: Can't open input file: Permission denied


Mount error

/dev/sdc1 at /media/data: Command-line `mount -t "ext4" -o "uhelper=udisks2,nodev,nosuid" "/dev/sdc1" "/media/data"' exited with non-zero exit status 32:

mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdc1,
missing codepage or helper program, or other error

In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
       dmesg | tail or so.

(udisks-error-quark, 0)
  • dd/ddrescue are intended to make copies of the data before you try to repair things.
    – Batman
    Nov 17, 2016 at 17:46
  • 1
    Make a copy with dd then perform a fsck on the copy. Nov 18, 2016 at 1:08
  • "make a copy" did not work... thats why I asked this confusing question. But it didn't work because of running the commands without root rights... Solved
    – PythoNic
    Nov 18, 2016 at 14:32

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Both dd and gddrescue are able to recover data from non-mountable images. The reason of the error message is the missing of the root rights. You need to run dd or ddrescue as root.

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