Ubuntu :: Can Not Boot If USB Hard Drive Is Attached

Jul 13, 2011

I'm using GRUB to dial boot ubuntu 10.04 and windows 7. Usually it works well. But if I attach my 2T hard drive to the my computer, the booting process will froze after choosing the system to boot. There's nothing I can do but cut off the power.

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Jul 23, 2010

A USB hard drive is used as backup drive.

When it is not plugged in, the system boots without any issues.

When it is plugged in, this hangs to the point I have to unplug the CPU.

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Jul 21, 2010

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I also partitioned the internal hard drive so that I have a repository where my documents etc can be accessed by either linux or windoze:
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Jun 13, 2010

My computer is hanging on boot if I do not have the USB drive attached. The USB is in /etc/fstab as: UUID=023d6f83-04f5-4248-82d6-c2dbd1a77e18 /mnt/usbdrive ext4 defaults 0 0

This is all I can see on the monitor once it hangs (Ubuntu1004 is the label on my root filesystem): fsck from util-linux-ng 2.17.2 Ubuntu1004: clean, 56288/1921360 files, 425861/7681078 blocks

If I plug in the USB drive while it is at this point, it is happy and continues booting...

Here is some output from /var/log/messages if it helps at all (I'm assuming the 6.977 and 120.245 are times, meaning I plugged in the USB drive at 120 seconds, so you can see that it was hung up during that time):

Jun 13 11:35:30 BSERVER kernel: [ 6.791619] eth0: link up, 100Mbps, full-duplex, lpa 0xC5E1
Jun 13 11:35:30 BSERVER kernel: [ 6.832413] Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 80x30

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Mar 20, 2010

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My problem arises when I try to replace the 4GB with a 80Gb hard drive. When I disconnect the 4GB drive the system fails to boot up and complains with error 21.

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Here is the Menu.ls file:

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Feb 5, 2010

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May 21, 2010

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Jun 26, 2011

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Jul 17, 2010

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Feb 25, 2011

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Jul 4, 2011

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[URL]

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Sep 5, 2010

I can boot and run the live CD "ubuntu-10.04.1-desktop-amd64." Verified checksum and is ok
When I install it via CD or after running in CD mode and installing from the desktop the system will not boot. 250gig SATA drive.I can't for the life of me get it to boot after installation. It keeps dropping into 'initramfs' I even tried installing "ubuntu-10.04.1-server-amd64" and get the same result.Is it something to do with the SATA drive?

Memory 4GiB
Processor AMD Athlon Processor LE-1660
NVIDIA

Quote:

Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010
============================= Boot Info Summary: ==============================
=> Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sde and looks on the same drive in
partition #1 for /boot/grub.

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Nov 4, 2010

Running 10.10 64bit Kernel 2.6.35-23 I am noticing what I think is a big hiccup in my boot process my drive is mounting at around the 4sec mark then my system pauses for roughly 13 seconds, you can even it see it on the screen a blinking cursor comes up the entire time. Then during the rest of the boot my drive will re-mount at least 4 more times. Then during use of my system there will be random re-mounts throughout the use. Here is the mounting message

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I just noticed the pausing recently after an update but have been seeing this re-mounting since install. Are these normal? They dont seem like it to me, and if they are normal why such a long time on the initial mount and every re-mount takes 4-5 seconds. Let me know if I can provide any further info as well.

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Jun 1, 2011

I just installed a second hard drive in my desktop. It shows in the BIOS.

I followed the procedure here https://help.ubuntu.com/community/In...gANewHardDrive to install it in Ubuntu, except I formatted the drive to ext4 not ext3.

It mounts automatically without problem once I am in Ubuntu and I can read/write to it.

My issue is that it won't mount at boot. I get past GRUB and a few seconds later receive an error message giving me an option 'S' to skip, or 'M' to manually mount.

What I noticed is that the logical name for the drive (used sudo lshw -C disk to display) seems to change at each boot.

It goes from /dev/sdb to /dev/sdf and vice versa.

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Feb 12, 2010

I've been scouring the forums and Google for 2 days now and am not sure which track I should follow with my problem, because the GRUB path doesn't seem to be working, nor the fsck. I'd appreciate any insight anyone can provide, as I feel I'm spinning my wheels at this stage.A few days ago, I was transferring files from my Ubuntu server via SFTP to my laptop across my local network. All of a sudden, the transfer quit in the middle of transferring a file and since then, I was unable to FTP or SSH in to the server. I hooked up a monitor to see what was going on and there was only a black screen, so I powered off the server and powered back on.

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mdadm: create user root not found
mdadm: create group disk not found
[49.702561] raid5: failed to run raid set md2
mdadm: failed to run RUN_ARRAY /dev/md2: Input/output error
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I have 4 hard drives in the server, configured as RAID 5.I boot from a Live CD and have a look at the discs.All are said to be healthy, except for the 4th which is said to have some bad sectors.I'm unable to access (or don't properly know how to access) the /boot/grub/menu.1st file to change the root delay parameter, which is what I thought I would try first.

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Mar 9, 2010

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Apr 25, 2011

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From that time I wasn't able to use my computer until I discovered ubuntu and used it on my netbook. I, then, downloaded Windows 7 (lite) and got it on my netbook. The only problem that bugs me is that I want ubuntu and windows 7 and I cant because there is less disk space.

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Jun 24, 2010

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May 10, 2011

I am having trouble booting ubuntu 11.04 from my external hard drive, i did a custom instal using the 11.04 CD.

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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.

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The flash drive: [url]

The Laptop: [url]

The Ubuntu version
Maverick Meerkat, 10.10

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menuentry "Ubuntu Live 8.04 32bit" {
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