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I could be wrong but don't believe this is an issue with changing the order of drives (I removed a SATA drive that was not needed) because I remember /etc/fstab listing drives by id. Hopefully anyone can provide some insight into this.
When I installed my OS, it was on one single drive. I'm not dual booting. I have a 990FX motherboard with UEFI but I saw no option for secure boot in the BIOS. Not sure if that's relevant at all but I'm providing as much details as I can. As stated before, it was working fine until the reboot.
I booted via DVD and went into Rescue Mode. Logged in as root. My fstab shows: /dev/root / ext2 defaults 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts mode-0620,gid=5 0 0
Obviously my two drives (2 TB data drive and 180 GB OS drive) are not showing up because they need to be mounted but I'm not sure how to mount them...mount -t ext4 /dev/sdc1 /mnt/ is what I thought was the right way to go but it didn't work. I'm not sure how to find out my hard drive's identifier.
Edit: I ran mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/test and can see my filesystem when I run ll /mnt/test. Am I supposed to add /dev/sda2 to /etc/fstab? If so, what about /dev/sda1 (which is my /boot)?
Hi alemoo, thank you for posting this, it helped me. It is utterly weird to me, but I ran into a similar situation. After refreshing my openSUSE partition to 13.1, I had to repair the Win8 boot (then I installed GAG as multiboot loader). Before all of this, openSUSE was perfect, but then it yielded that "VFS, can't find ext4 filesystem" message. I discovered that the fstab had the swap and /home partitions exchanged, so I had to edit the file from the root of the DVD, rescue mode.