SUSE :: Unable To Boot Properly - System Is Unable To Read Startup Information From Hard Drive

Jan 19, 2011

I am running the latest suse release downloaded directly from their website. I ran the installation after buring the dvd and everything seemed to be working fine. after the installation i ran updates and used it for a little bit. When i shut it down that night and went to restart it I got an error that stated the OS wasnt there. I then went through the installation and everything and it retained the information from the installation before (web history etc.) but for some reason every time I reboot or shut it down the system is not able to read the startup information from the hard drive and will not come on without me re installing it.

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Ubuntu :: Cannot Format FC Hard Drive - Unable To Read

Sep 8, 2010

Below is results from attempt at formatting my hard drive. As you can see a driver is installed, but not working. Perhaps something is missing? Seems a bit odd that a "unable to read" comes back when disk data is reported. The drive just went through a low level format. BTW this is a fiber channel drive. Also on board are 5 scsi drives. Adaptec raid card. Not sure if that would have any relevance, but there you are.

barry@vm1:~$ sudo lshw -C disk
description: SCSI Disk
product: ST173404 CLAR72
vendor: SEAGATE
physical id: 0.0.0
bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
logical name: /dev/sdb
version: 3A98
serial: 3CE0SRYL00007142FHAW
capacity: 67GiB (72GB)
capabilities: 10000rpm
configuration: ansiversion=3
barry@vm1:~$ sudo fdisk /dev/sdb
Unable to read /dev/sdb .....

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Oct 19, 2010

Every time when I right click the USB drive icon and select "Safely remove drive" I always get this error message

FAILED: No such file or directory
even though the icon does disappear from the desk top. I have been ignoring it since the USB drive seems working fine.Now I have a more serious problem. When I tried to copy files onto the USB drive it says "read only file system" and doesn't let me. I tried unplug and plug the USB key but that doesn't help.

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Mar 7, 2010

I had a little mission this week-end = my girlfriends 250Gb SATA hard drive laptop crashed this week (video card failure), and I wanted to help her by getting all her valuable data on an old Pachard Bell EasyNote laptop I have hanging around.One big problem : this laptop does not boot on CD drive, nor USB drive, and does not have a Floppy slot. There is an old hard drive with a lot of bad sectors in it, and I have a 80Gb IDE drive I want to put in.

My tools : a SATA to USB adapter, a IDE to USB adapter, a Ubuntu 9.10 LiveCD, a Windows7-run netbook, and the web.My goal : to configure the hard drive in some sort for it to install Ubuntu on boot (much like when you buy a laptop : the OS installs on first boot).I quickly found this to be impossible, as there is no Ubuntu pre-install format available (or that I found). So the next step was to get a complete install on the new hard drive, one way or another.First I tried cloning the 250SATA drive on the 80GB IDE drive, but this clearly led to an error (Grub error 18. It was looking for a 250Gb drive where I only fed him 80.)

Next step was to get some kind of LiveCD-like boot from the hard drive. This is made possible by using the UNetBootIn tool and the related Ubuntu Documentation. I met some problems during the real Ubuntu Install at the point where the laptop tried to format the drive the CD image was on. This other Ubuntu Guide gives a few workarounds and tweaks for that situation, but they didn't solve the issue for me.Final idea was to Live-CD like boot from the rubbish hard drive and install the system on the new hard drive plugged in through USB. This failed because the computer does not boot LiveCD-like on the old hard drive...

I'm kinda stuck on what to do now. I still don't have a nice boot on the computer (only a Live-CD like obtained with the UNetBootIn tool), and am still not capable of doing a "real" install on the Laptop.I'm aware that solving the boot-from-cd issue would bring me a faster solution (maybe!), but the idea was to get a hang on this so that I can install Ubuntu on my CD-free netbook soon (Although my netbook might very well boot on USB, but still).My final and last idea is to go buy some kind of adapter that would let me plug the two hard drives into the laptop at the same time, LiveCD-like boot on the new one, install Ubuntu on the old one (connected directly via IDE) and then clone the old one to the new one. But I wish I don't have to go to that extreme ;o)Writing this I just thought of one thing : I could install Live-CD like Ubuntu on a flash drive, launch it on my netbook and install Ubuntu on the new hard drive connected through USB... Would that work?

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Sep 8, 2010

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May 14, 2010

I recently got a computer donated to me for free from my Computer Science class, as the teacher couldn't figure out what the problem was that was preventing him from booting to the startup screen (all I could figure out was that the slot the memory card was in was bad, so I switched slots and got it working). The hard drive on the computer was wiped with a disk nuker called DBAN. Now I would like to install a Linux OS on the computer, but whatever disc or distro I try gives me similar "unable to read" errors. I would like to know if there's anything software-wise I need to do before attempting to replace any hardware. An example of the error I'm getting is as follows (using a mandriva livecd):

/etc/rc.d/rc.sysinit: line 1281: /var/log/dmesy: Read-only file system
SQUASHFS error: sb_bread failed reading block 0xa6e58
SQUASHFS error: unable to read cache block [29b963ea:782]
SQUASHFS error: unable to read directory block [29b963ea:782]

Anyone know what I need to do to get this fixed so that I can install a Linux distro?

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May 2, 2011

I have a PC with 4 harddisks and one ssd drive, presently PC boots from the 1st harddisk and other harddisks (sometimes 1, 2 or 3, depends upon the requirement) are used for the storage. Now i want to boot the PC from SSD and use the other harddisks for the storage only. My problem is that when system boots it takes 1st harddisk as sda and SSD as sdb, if i am using only one harddisk, and if i use 2 harddisk it takes sdc as SSD. So i am not able to give fix boot point in menu.lst file, if i wish to use root filesystem from SSD.I am using kernel and grub bootloader. I have tried using initrd with udev but not able to include and start udev properly in initrd. I am trying to boot from UUID or LABEL, but no success. Am i missing something in kernel to get the UUID or LABEL.

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Jan 28, 2010

Environment: A 32-bit kernel RHEL5.3 system running on a virtual machine. The root(/) filesystem is on an LV.

Issue: Unable to resize the FS after extending the root LV since it is mounted. After extending the LV, online resizing of the FS was not supported and the root filesystem could not be unmounted while it was in use. On rebooting, I got a kernel panic error. In runlevel 1, I couldn't run chroot, couldn't find the /etc/fstab, root FS could not be mounted, fsck did not run (tried block 31 for second copy of superblock using dd count=1 bs=4k skip=31 seek=1 if=/dev/sda2 of=/dev/sda2), couldn't find any rpm on installation media to install unix-utils rpm. On running commands in runlevel 1,

I got the following output.

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Jun 12, 2010

I switch on the PC and it loads the Grub splash screen. However, it does not automatically boot the top entry after two seconds as it's supposed to and just hangs. I hit enter to boot it and it attempts to but after a few seconds gives me the error "unable to mount file system....a maintenance shell will be started"

This occurred after I was using it and then everything suddenly froze up on me and I had to crash out Now this!

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Oct 13, 2009

I got this error message when installing Fedora 11 by an installlation DVD (download from [URL]) Unable to read group information from repositories. This is a problem with the generation of your install tree. This error message appeared after the step that the installer asked me to choose where to install boot loader and configure the GRUB boot menu. The error message came with two button: [Retry] and [Exit installer].

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May 24, 2009

I am trying to dual boot Vista and F10 and I have 2 different 400GB hard drives to do it on. On the first HD, I have Vista installed but when I try to install F10 on the second, I get this error message:

Quote: Error: Unable to read group information from repositories. this is a problem with the generation of your install tree. I've looked it up and found some forums but none answer how to "fix" it (if it is indeed something that you fix).

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Jun 19, 2009

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Mar 27, 2009

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Feb 6, 2010

With the generous help from caf4926 and please_try_again, i was able to boot into Ubuntu 9.10 with suse's grub legacy.Now I have another problem that i'd need help on, I added a new IDE hard drive for storage and it became sda and the original sda with 3 OSes changed to sdb. Grub can't boot into any OSes except windows 7. Well, i can still boot into Ubuntu if i change the boot option from

root=/dev/sda2 ro quiet splash


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Jan 2, 2011

I'm running 10.04 on Wubi in XP and want to partition to dual boot properly. I've done the permanent grub-update issue fix for Wubi so I've got the time to figure this out, I'm just at an impasse right now.

I've tried both GParted and PartitionMagic Live CDs and have been unable to shrink my main partition down. It's currently at 45 or so GB with about 22 GB empty. I've turned off my virtual memory in XP as well and no dice. I keep getting the error in GParted during the shrinking process. It doesn't really explain why, though.

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Jan 16, 2010

I insert a certain cdrom into my DVD drive, the cd is mounted meaning I do can see the cd rom icon on my desktop. The cd rom icon name is the correct label of the cdrom but when I try to open the cdrom it results to be empty.

Then on the same computer I have installed Virtual Box and the Windows 7 image does read the content of the cdrom.

How can I read the content of the cdrom with ubuntu 9.10?

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Jan 15, 2010

i was trying to format one drive, accidentally formated another, told the format process to stop, and i'm unable to read the folders or files in the drive. i see some greek, odd symbols... But cant open the folders.

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Nov 18, 2010

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Jul 16, 2010

Im having a serious issue with booting ubuntu 10.04, the issue being it wont boot up at all, after working so well for so long (i suspect some recent dodgy system updates are responsible) so I decided to just reinstall ubuntu from scratch again but wanted to retrieve some important files from my root device. So I am running the live desktop and I can see my previous filesystems under places but cannot mount or open my original root device where the files I want to recover are located, I receive this error msg:"Unable to mount 77 GB Filesystem.

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Mar 21, 2011

I successfully created a live usb to boot fedora but, i want it installed on my hard disk.

So now i am in Fedora (via a (live fedora installed) usb).

I have created a 5GB (unallocated) partition on my 500GB hard disk.

Currently there are 4 partitions on my hard disk -

(assume original size)
C: of size 53GB.
D: of size 210GB
E: of size 210GB
G: of size 10GB to boot ubuntu(not installed).

AND a 5GB unallocated as i have stated above.

I am new to the installation of fedora to hard drive.So while clicking Install to hard drive i am stuck on the type of installation menu screen.

I dont know which one to select.i did checkout each one but after clicking for example replace existing linux system(s) what i get to see is only 2 hard drives/files on the left table.

1> my hard drive - detected as complete 500GB of space.
2> my 4GB Kingston pen drive on which my fedora live image is installed.

Then after reading the forums, i came across people asking for the output of the command sudo fdisk -l.(l means small L)

So i typed it in the terminal and this is what i got - Code: [liveuser@localhost ~]$ sudo fdisk -l

We trust you have received the usual lecture from the local System Administrator. It usually boils down to these three things:

#1) Respect the privacy of others.
#2) Think before you type.
#3) With great power comes great responsibility.

liveuser is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported.

I want to install Fedora 14 on my 5GB unallocated partition.

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Jul 20, 2011

I was copying files from one Western Digital hard drive to another newer one, when I accidentally pulled out the usb cable on the copying drive (WD Elements 2TB).Now I can't mount the drive again. I don't really know what this means. I rebooted the computer, but to no avail.I am running Ubuntu 10.04 on Gnome 2.30.2 Kernel Linux 2.6 32-32 generic.

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Mar 21, 2011

I want to install Puppy on laptop HD. When I run the Universal Installer and select GParted it brings up the Hard Drive (SDA -ATA Toshiba MK6015MA 5.595 Gib) is on Old Compaq Presario 1200. I'll select that drive and hit ok it just takes me back to the Universal Installer Screen. When I first started the Hard Drive was listed and somehow I must have removed it. Is there another program where I can select the HD and partition it etc.

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Jan 2, 2010

Am trying to install Ubuntu 9.1 on hard drive 2 rather than hard drive 1(7 year old XP machine with 74 GB drive 1) Hard drive 2 is a Firewire-connected External Western Digital.)

with only a 41 MB partition avaialble for Linux).

Allocations are:

After install finsishes the boot process fails with:

Restored the MBR from a Windows CD, and thinking the boot loader needed to be in the MBR area of sdb, installed again with "Install Boot Loader" specified as sdb. Same results.

Restored the MBR and installed again with "Install Boot Loader" specified as hd0. Same results.

Restored the MBR and installed again with /boot allocated on sda2 (the 41 MB partition on the first hard drive). "Install Boot Loader" specified as hd0.

Booted successfully, but when installing updates, there was insufficeient space in the boot partition and could not restart.

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what do i need to do to make this right? i installed the ubuntu restricted extras. did i miss something?

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Mar 20, 2010

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Jul 28, 2009

I installed Fedora 11 about a week ago. And all was going well until I woke up this morning, and started using it for a little bit. I noticed it was going painfully slow... (almost like Windows Vista >.<) and I started to look for a reason why. Turns out my free space in my filesystem is running out. I have a 500g hard drive, and for some reason my filesystem is only set to use 9gigs...

Why can I only use 9 gigs of my hard drive? And how can I increase that size to something less annoying so I don't have to delete stuff every few days? Also, I'm kinda new to Linux. So if this is a newb question, and you can link me somewhere to get the information, please do. I just spent an hour or so searching google, and using this forums search to no avail.

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May 27, 2011

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Jan 17, 2010

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Aug 3, 2010

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My bios is also as high as it can go, they stopped making my board. so. any ideas? i cannot install windows as i have lost the key so getting this installed and fixed has to be done through ubuntu on a live cd.

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Jul 17, 2011

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