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Old 10-30-2009, 06:53 PM   #1
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Can not find sdc1 and /dev takes a very long time to load

It was working just fine.

Now, when I boot, it takes a very long time to load /dev.

I used to be able to mount drive like this:

# mount /dev/sdc1 /mnt/usb

Now, I get this:

mount: you must specify the filesystem type

When I give the file type, I get the message that the system can not find sdc1.

# mount -t vfat /dev/sdc1 /mnt/usb
mount: special device /dev/sdc1 does not exist

But it used to find the special device with no problem.
Old 10-31-2009, 04:58 AM   #2
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Location: Zeewolde, Flevoland NL
Distribution: Debian squeeze (Gnome) on netbooks; Debian Lenny on servers and Debian wheezy (XFCE) on new laptops
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Judging on the message you get it looks like your partition is damaged or removed. There's a big chance your hard disc has crashed.

To save your data, try to mount your partition as a read-only device:

mount -r -t auto /dev/sdc1 /mnt/usb

And save all data on it to a good hard disc.

Last remedy:

If mounting still doesnt work, make sure you got dosfstools installed and check the fat32 partition as following:

dosfsck -f -v -y /dev/sdc1

*In most cases dosfsck fixes software errors, but if it really is a hardware problem all your data on that disc can get lost! Use it at your own risk.
Old 10-31-2009, 12:29 PM   #3
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I got it fixed. I am not sure exactly what fixed it. I booted to an unbuntu live cd, did an fsck - errors were found. I reseated the smart media, rebooted, and it worked.


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