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Old 11-22-2013, 12:52 AM   #1
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"VFS: Can't find ext4 filesystem" after boot


Hello all,

I get this message, line after line every 3 seconds continuously when booting up my computer. It's a fresh install and was working fine until I rebooted for the first time.

[837.133291] EXT4-fs (sdc1): VFS: Can't find ext4 filesystem

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.

SuSE 13.1 x64
 
Old 11-22-2013, 01:14 AM   #2
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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)?
 
Old 11-22-2013, 01:19 AM   #3
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Alright, I ran cat /mnt/test/etc/fstab and got this:
/dev/disk/by-id-ata-ST3160812AS_5LS4ZL0X-part4 swap swap defaults 00
/dev/disk/by-id-ata-ST3160812AS_5LS4ZL0X-part2 / ext4 acl,user_xattr 11
/dev/disk/by-id-ata-ST3160812AS_5LS4ZL0X-part1 /boot ext4 acl,user_xattr 12
/dev/disk/by-id-ata-ST3160812AS_5LS4ZL0X-part3 /home ext4 acl,user_xattr 12
/dev/sdc1 /mnt/g ext4 acl,user_xattr 12
 
Old 11-22-2013, 01:23 AM   #4
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Going to try removing the last line of fstab
 
Old 11-22-2013, 01:24 AM   #5
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Well then. We are back in business. I didn't even use the Eternal Wisdom of Google for that one. That was fun.
 
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Old 03-16-2014, 03:22 PM   #6
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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.
 
  


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