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Old 10-28-2006, 12:52 AM   #1
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Exclamation Added new SATA drive and now FC5 fails to boot

I have (had) a perfectly fine system running FC5 with a 160G SATA drive. For backup, I added a second SATA drive.

The drive was recognized so used fdisk to add a new partition. That was successful so I then tried to format it using mkfs -t ext3 /dev/sdb and I kept getting an error about an invalid block size parameter being passed.

Searching on Google there was a suggestion to reboot after partitioning so I did. Now my computer stops right after "checking NVM". It doesn't even make it to the FC5 screen to choose the kernel version. Eventually I uplugged the new drive and things boot OK again.

I thought maybe I'd get rid of the partition on the new drive and try again. Using the Rescue CD I was able to boot up with the new drive connected and delete the partition. I figured this would be similar to the drive just being out of the box. Nope -- system still doesn't boot if I plug the second SATA drive in.

I must be a real ditz today ... adding a second drive should be a "no brainer" one would think! Help ... I must be doing some really dumb here!

Darrell ...
Old 10-28-2006, 01:31 AM   #2
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The BIOS might be making the new HDD the boot HDD. Check wether you are booting the correct HDD.
Old 10-28-2006, 12:31 PM   #3
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Yup, that was it. The BIOS was replacing the floppy device (2nd in the boot list) with the added SATA drive. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!

After I got this resolved, I did find one issue perhaps with either fdisk or mkfs and the SATA drive. It always complained about an "invalid block size parameter" being passed when I tried to format the partition. I tried qtparted instead and it worked fine.

Thanks much for the suggestion!


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