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Old 10-30-2004, 06:21 PM   #1
Evil Dogs
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Can't boot SUSE from SATA after formatting USB drive

This is my first post to a very helpful board. Thank you all very much.

I don't have a question, I just want to give a heads-up to anyone who might have this happen to them in the future.

Today I partitioned and formatted a usb drive, this is the first time I've done this after putting my system on a SATA drive. Later I rebooted and got an error saying that my system had been changed to "read only". There was also a suggestion to use a mount command, but that did not help.

I then logged in, and browsed the directories, everything was still there, whew! So then I checked fstab, and found that YAST had added a /dev/sda/ line. This line interfered with the SATA drive, which is also scsi, but the SATA drive does not appear in fstab.

My solution to get the system running again was simple: (don't type the quotes)
1: type "edit /etc/fstab"
2. now you are in "VIM", use your cursur and delete the line referring to your usb drive
3. type ":w" to save your changes, and then ":qa!" to close VIM
4. reboot

This proves that after a decade of using windows, I still have two brain cells to rub together. I hope this helps in advance to a very simple and likely repeatable problem.


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