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Old 12-27-2001, 08:09 AM   #1
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HELP! Error from mount: drive is write-protected... won't mount writeable.


I have transferred my linux partition to a new drive. The new drive was mounted as /mnt/new. I then did "find / -xdev | cpio ?vdmp /mnt/new" I used a floppy with syslinux to boot the new partition and it work fine. I then moved the drive to the computer linux was originally running on before I started. I tried to boot using the disk and the "root=" and / failed to remount as writeable!
Init gave my a lot of crap and froze, so I booted using "init=/bin/bash" I checked fstab and it said something like "/ / ext2" All the other partitions start with the device. Should the first slash be the device?
Also, I attempted to remount the partition as writeable using "mount ?w /dev/hda1" This returned something like "Drive is write-protected, but ?w flag ? explicit" and the partition was still read only. Does anyone know about drive write-protecting and how to turn it off?
Old 12-27-2001, 06:39 PM   #2
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Try this:

mount -o remount,rw /

I got this from here:

Old 12-27-2001, 09:08 PM   #3
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Well, I'll never get the chance to see if that works. It seems, the UDMA cable I have is bad. It causes a great deal of problems and, I believe, is the root of problems I have been having losing data. Either this, or my computer is messing up when in UDMA mode. This could be a possibility because I have a VIA chipset.

Either way, that partition is trashed now. I must do a reinstall... sigh.. all that re-configuring... Thanks, though!


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