Talk:Convert your PPC LinkStation into a full-blown Debian system
Why fix_ext2_magic? Is it really necessary?
buffalo invented a way to secure the first partition of the hdd /dev/hda1 by changing the magic_number in the ext_filesystem to something unnatural (all linkstations and i think all terastations, kuroboxes do not have this problem of course). in reality the magic_number is a completely normal one, but because of this change you cannot mount the partition on a desktop. the fix_ext2_magic-app fixes this and afterwards you can mount the partition as normal. In fact i did yesterday after i deleted some stuff as root which made my LS unbootable. before running fix_ext2_magic there was no chance to mount it, afterwards it was working as normal. so the answer is: yes, it is necessary.