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Old 04-14-2004, 04:24 PM   #1
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Skipping failing HD detection


I have 2 IDE hard drives, hda and hdc.
hdc has Linux, hda has Windows 2000 and works fine.

However, no matter which Linux distro I use, it will always complain about timeouts at hda and similar errors. This is very annoying because it makes the boot-up process *minutes* because of the errors and retries. So,

- Is there a way to specify the kernel "ignore hda when you do the system checking" ?
- Has anybody an idea of why this could happen?
The disk works apparently fine in Windows, but I have tried all combinations and the error is always on the same disc (interchanging hda-hdb, hda-hdc, etc). It's only 6 Gb, so there is no "bios patch" or similar things that would lead to problems with linux. I could even install Linux on the "failing" disk, but then it wouldn't boot...

Thanks in advance
Old 04-14-2004, 05:02 PM   #2
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"- Is there a way to specify the kernel "ignore hda when you do the system checking" ?"

You could try editing /etc/fstab and commenting out the entries for /dev/hda by placing a # at the beginning of each line that describes a hda partition. If you want to use a partition on hda you would have to mount it with the mount command before you access it.

"- Has anybody an idea of why this could happen?"

The most likely reason it that you don't have the correct driver for that hard drive in your kernel.

Be prepared. Create a LifeBoat CD.

Steve Stites


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