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Old 09-28-2004, 05:21 PM   #1
WarmFlatSprite
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Question vFat partition trouble on SATA drive


Hello.

I just built a system around an Athlon 64 3200+ with an MSI K8T Neo Platinum motherboard (using the NForce3 chipset) -- I'm running Gentoo Linux (64bit mode) on the 2.6.8-gentoo-r4 kernel.

I'm using the NForce SATA controller to connect to two Hitachi 160 gig drives - sda, and sdb

My drives are partitioned like so:

sda1 = windows xp 32bit ntfs
sda2 = windows xp 64bit ntfs
sda3 = data1 vfat
sda4 = boot -- this is actually at the front of the drive, but still showes up as sda4

sdb1 = gentoo / reiserfs
sdb2 = unused reiserfs
sdb3 = data2 vfat
sdb4 = swap


Ok, obviously, there's a problem with the boot partition, like I said in the listing, it's at the beginning of the drive, but it's still showing up as sda4 -- if anyone knows how to fix that, feel free to comment, because grub really doesn't like that... I have to hand-jam the configfile command... (configfile (hd0,3)/grub/grub.conf)

anyway, here's the real problem -- maybe the two are related?

When I try to mount data1 or data2 either using the fstab:

Code:
mount /mnt/data1
or this way:

Code:
mount /dev/sda3 -t vfat /mnt/data1
I get the following error:

Quote:
wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sda3, or too many mounted file systems
I thought maybe window's chkdisk utility might correct an error on the drive, but no such luck.

When I do not specify a file system, it tells me I must.

I should also mention that my ntfs drives mount fine.

Any help is greatly appreciated!!

Thanks,
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Last edited by WarmFlatSprite; 09-28-2004 at 05:25 PM.
 
Old 09-28-2004, 05:50 PM   #2
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Old 09-28-2004, 08:26 PM   #4
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Sorry JW, didn't mean to break the rules.

I found out the source of my problem anyway -- I'm not actually using vFat partitions, they're FAT32. I'm still not sure how to format to vFat, but I'm sure it's documented somewhere
 
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Sorry JW, didn't mean to break the rules.

I found out the source of my problem anyway -- I'm not actually using vFat partitions, they're FAT32. I'm still not sure how to format to vFat, but I'm sure it's documented somewhere

actually -- I was wrong again... http://kerneltrap.org/node/view/3751 check that if you're having a similar problem
 
  


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