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I have my Linux Mint booting successfully when it's installed on one of two SATA drives. There is also a fourth drive (an IDE). I order to get it to work I have to disconnect the third SATA drive. The boot parameters in grub for that are working now for just the two SATA drives (plus the IDE drive) are (hd0,1). If I reconnect my third SATA drive, which I would like to do, Mint will not boot. I have had this problem before and it took me a very long time to find the parameters that would work when I added the second SATA drive. Can someone please tell me what (hd0,1) should be changed to for Linux to boot when the third SATA drive is re-connected. I have no idea how to ascertain what the drive numbers are, and I don't understand the significance of (hd0,1). Thanks in advance for any assistance on this.
Thanks for the reply and the welcome. I looked into UUID but don't know what drives these numbers correspond with. In labels the names are familiar as they are the same as in Windows, but the Linux partitions are not named. My menu.1st has ... root=dev/sda2 I can easily figure out the ID of the drives by the physical size. Mint is on the 640 gb drive which is shown having 7 partitions, but I don't know what is on each one. I presume, but I'm not sure, that Mint itself is installed on the first 3 partitions. How do I find the sd and hd designations for the drives? I thought that all I had to do was to change the (hd0,1) so that the 0,1 are different numbers.
Ubuntu (and thus presumably Mint) supports UUID in the initrd, so might be the better option for you. You can use UUID to define the (grub) root, and also root=UUID=?????? for the mount in menu.lst. I don't like it because UUIDs can change - especially swap if you happen to install a second distro.
Doesn't help with the boot disk (sda) changing device though - its hard to write the (latter) MBR to point to the correct partition.
Sorry, if you haven't figured it out by now, I'm totally illiterate in Linux. You will need to tell me exactly what to change in menu.1st for Mint. Unless I Google it, I don't even know what to do to "mount" a disk.
Is all that I have to do is to type in "root=UUID=??????" substituting the the UUID numbers for the ????? for the drive that Mint is installed on? I'm about to try installing a new Windows OS on my IDE drive. I guess that won't screw things up any further. If I have to unplug the first SATA drive to get MINT, it's not a big deal, just another annoyance.