Saving a file to a USB thumb drive from the command line
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Booted to Knoppix 5.x DVD. Copied bootsect.lnx from the hdb1 partition to a thumb drive. Opened the thumb drive in Windows XP - the file was nowhere to be found.
After some more digging I found a program called 'bootpart.' Ran that, it seemed to run ok, but it failed to add a line to my boot.ini file (so I did it manually.) When I select linux from the OS choices, it quickly flashes the bootpart information and then kicks back to the OS selection screen.
I really don't know what is going on. It definatly should not be this difficult. I'm really hoping someone out there has had a similar issue and can point me (or let me know what I'm trying to do is impossible) in the right direction.
I just can't get over the fact that when going into the linux rescue prompt the only partions it sees are /dev/hda1,2,3. I might as well let Grub take over the MBR at this rate. /sigh
Thanks again for the response. I've actually reinstalled CentOS 3 times now. On the third attempt I told Grub to install on the MBR.
Alas I think I have found the issue. My two SATA drives (one of which has Windows and the MBR) are not recognized for some reason. If they are recognized I can't seem to find them anywhere.
After I go into linux rescue mode, and get to the proper command prompt (chroot /mnt/sysimage ...) I've tried multiple things. Under the /dev directory I have various misc devices that aren't even avaialbe on my PC. The only valid entry is hdb which is the PATA drive that linux is installed on.
If I type "/sbin/fdisk -l" I get the partitions listed in a previous post.
There is absolutely nothing special about this installation - thats what's baffling. Is there a way to know for sure whether or not I can see the serial drives from the IDE drive in linux rescue mode? Have I already determined that they aren't able to be seen by typing /sbin/fdisk -l? Do I need to mount them? (I would if I could even find them.)
I can't believe how frustrating this is. I've never had an issue installing a linux distro on a seperate hard drive while using a SATA as my primary/windows drive.