In order to start or boot your Linux computer without a system or boot disk, you generally need to install boot loader. It is the first program, which runs when your computer boots. This is in charge of loading and transferring control to Linux kernel. Kernel initializes the remaining part of operating system. LILO (Linux Loader) is the most widely used boot loader for Linux operating system.
It provides excellent stability and reliability features. However, in some situations, LILO can not proceed to boot your system and gives numerous error messages. At this point, your system becomes totally inaccessible and you face data loss situations. In order to recover lost data at this point, Linux Data Recovery is required.
LILO errors do not contain any message. When it loads, it shows the LILO word. Every letter of this word is printed after or before performing some particular actions. When LILO fails to load at any point, you can use the letters that are printed so far for identifying the problem. Below is the description of the words that are printed when LILO loads:
• L : It means the first stage of boot loader is loaded in the main memory and initialized, but it can not load second stage of the boot loader. It generally indicates a hard drive geometry mismatch or media failure problem.
• LI : The first stage of boot loader has loaded second state of the boot loader, but it is unable to execute it. It can occur when you move /boot/boot.b without running map installer.
• LIL :It states that second stage of boot loader is started, but descriptor table can not be loaded from map file. It is generally caused due to media failure.
• LIL- : It denotes descriptor table corruption.
In case of descriptor table corruption, media failure, moving boot directory, or disk geometry mismatch, you face LILO errors, system become unbootable and data loss occurs. In order to recover your data in such cases, you need to perform Data Recovery Linux.
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LILO Errors and Data Loss in Linux