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Old 10-08-2013, 09:05 AM   #1
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Can't mount drive after booting other OS from USB


I made a fresh installation of Slackware 14 on sda2, ran through the beginner's slackware page, everything was OK. I connected an old hard drive to USB and booted it to get some files. When I rebooted into Slackware it gets past lilo then hangs and says this, regardless of what I choose at lilo. It panicked at some point, I think after I typed exit.

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mount: mounting /dev/sda2 on /mnt failed: Invalid argument
ERROR: No /sbin/init found on rootdev (or not mounted). Trouble ahead.
You can try to fix it. Type 'exit' when things are done.

/bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off
I couldn't find a quick fix so I reinstalled 14 and repeated the process with the same result.
 
Old 10-08-2013, 09:15 AM   #2
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it seems that you misplaced the hard drive, so it couldn't find the root partition and also the kernel images
 
Old 10-08-2013, 09:27 AM   #3
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Thanks. So is there a way to prevent it from forgetting where the hard drive is?
 
Old 10-08-2013, 09:43 AM   #4
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You can use the installer, either from DVD or USB-based Flash Drive to boot and mount the correct partition and change it on the /etc/fstab and try to reboot
 
Old 10-08-2013, 11:45 AM   #5
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That won't be permanent though will it, if I boot from USB again I'll have to fix it again won't I? Is this a feature, do slackers not boot from USB?
 
Old 10-08-2013, 01:35 PM   #6
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Connecting hard drive to usb changed naming of hard drives, using uuids will prevent this. http://unix.stackexchange.com/questi...-names-in-lilo
 
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Old 10-08-2013, 01:58 PM   #7
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That got it, thanks colorpurple.
 
Old 10-08-2013, 03:55 PM   #8
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This won't happen if you use a generic kernel. In -current it is fixed so that the drives will not be reordered with either generic or huge kernels.
 
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