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Operating system: SuSe 10.0
1 HDD: 2 NTFS Partitions, Win XP Professional
2 HDD: 2 Partitions - first NTFS (formerly FAT 32), second ext2 with SuSe, plus Linux swap partition
Installation was great, without any problems, system automatically mounted all hardware and everything worked just fine (all my partitions were visible), untill I decided to change the file system - I would rather not go into why's - from FAT 32 to NTFS. Naturally, Linux didn't see it anymore.
Being a newbie to Linux I browsed various forums to try to find a remedy. Tried everything which was recommended by (I hope) experienced users. Didn't work.
In the process I pretty much massacred /etc/fstab with constant writing, saving and rewriting. All advice had something or other to do with it, and every attempt was frustratingly rewarded by a reply from my console: "no mount point", and with additional warning that lines 12 and 56 in fstab are bad. Eventually I gave up.
Now I can boot and work normally except that during the boot system writes some "failed" messages most probably connected with my meddling with fstab. It is annoying, because I'm used to (almost) perfectly tuned system (not to mention the fact that I can't read anything from the partition with changed file system - only movies and music).
Any remedy to the problem (besides reinstalling the whole system)? I'm open to any and all suggestions with viable solutions, and would greatly appreciate it.
I agree with the suggestion above. If hbd5 is the partition you converted to NTFS, no error messages should appear. If there are still messages coming, check fstab for typos, e.g. linebreaks within an entry (pico loves to introduce linebreaks) or spaces between the options.
Many thanks! Your attempt was actually a solution...
Everything is working just fine now. No "failed" or "bad lines" messages during boot. Just as it was in the beginning.
I already had a directory under /windows/E, which was left from original installation, so there was no need to make it (now everything is so clear to me and cubes are easily clicking in right places).
My basic mistake was in trying to mount already mounted HDD. All that was necessary to do was to change the type of file system in fstab, right?
Bloody nuisance, but you'll have to admit that world'd be much duller place without Linux newbies.