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Old 12-20-2005, 07:49 AM   #1
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Help adding 2nd removable HD (please)

Working with a laptop (IBM T41p) which has a drive bay. I added a 2nd hard drive even managed to partition it, format it, AND make it usable for me logged in as a non-root user (note, I didn't know how to make fstab handle the user permissions so I did a CHMOD -R 777 on it, if there is a better way...

The issue is when I remove the drive to put the CD/DVD drive in the drive bay, the system only boots to Maintenance Mode and fsck fails on /dev/hda2 (root partition). Swapping the CD/DVD drive with the newly created Hard Drive, everything works again. I'm sure this is something stupid simple but I would really appreciate any insight to solving this problem. Here is my FSTAB file:

/dev/hda2 / reiserfs acl,user_xattr 1 1
/dev/hda1 swap swap pri=42 0 0
devpts /dev/pts devpts mode=0620,gid=5 0 0
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
usbfs /proc/bus/usb usbfs noauto 0 0
sysfs /sys sysfs noauto 0 0
/dev/cdrecorder /media/cdrecorder subfs fs=cdfss,ro,procuid,nosuid,nodev,exec,iocharset=utf8 0 0
/dev/hdc1 /media/demo reiserfs user,acl,user_xattr 1 2

Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Old 12-20-2005, 07:53 AM   #2
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/dev/hdc1 /media/demo reiserfs user,acl,user_xattr 1 2
/dev/hdc1 /media/demo reiserfs noauto,user,acl,user_xattr 1 2
Old 12-20-2005, 08:10 AM   #3
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Thank you for the fast reply. Adding noauto to the FSTAB file did not change the symptoms. Replacing the 2nd HD with the CD/DVD still as the system booting to Maintenance Mode with a fsck failure.

Did I partition this incorrectly? It's like the system thinks it is part of the root partition, won't boot with out it?!

Any other ideas? Thank you again.
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Time to look at dmesg and see what it did say.

In "maintenance mode," check to see what filesystems are mounted, and what drives they belong to. (Command: mount.) Where is the root-partition?

Do you know that the drive that's in there now is, in fact, ReiserFS? Do you know that the fsck that's being run is the right one for this drive?

In maintenance mode, you should be able to issue fsck commands manually. Gotta figure out what Linux thinks it's seeing. In maintenance mode, at a root prompt, you should be able to see.

The /var/log/... files (or whatever, on your system) should tell you more.


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