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Old 01-12-2009, 02:34 AM   #31
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Thumbs up Thank s we tried!!!

I give up!!!! I think I'm going to put another smaller drive into my system I have come to believe that this drive itself is the culprit. It's a WD( a good company that I use a lot) but it is only bare bones .It was billed as a drive specifically meant for backing up systems and had no installation driver (plug and play) and none of the apps that come native to WD disk ...such as the partition tools that come with internal HDDs nor the back ups common to other external drives..such as the back up app that came on my Free Agent external drive. So we tried and i thank you.

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Old 01-12-2009, 06:45 AM   #32
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Demonbladenet, if you haven't all ready changed everything and are willing to give it one more go, how about downloading the Boot Info Script to your desktop, and then do the following as root user, but replace <username> with your username:
bash /home/<username>/Desktop/boot_info_script*.sh
That will create a "RESULTS.txt" file in the same directory from where the script is run, namely your desktop; please copy/paste the contents of that file to your next post. That will help clarify your setup and hopefully what your booting problem might be. I think with the info that script provides, it might be a lot clearer what your booting problems is, but it's up to you if you would rather reinstall.
Old 01-12-2009, 05:18 PM   #33
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Bad drive or cables may be the problem. If you've checked the cables and they are good/secure and you have had the external plugged in all the time a bad drive would be a logical explanation. Might try exchanging cables to your drive/power supply before going for a new drive.

The script CJS asked about provides a lot of interesting information about your computer which you might find useful.
Old 01-12-2009, 05:27 PM   #34
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actually whet I did was transfer a ton of files from my primary internal hard drive to the external hard drive in question after I formatted back to NTFS. Then i had 147 GB's to screw with. I installed Ubuntu there. If it hadn't been for all the info you sent me...i'd be lost still since sda,sdd etc aren't used in windows. I've worked in windows for years as an IT for my own company but Linux was always a maybe someday option. Well now I have a dualboot and it WORKS!!!! Thanks again and since I have a lot to discover you'll be hearing from me again ,I'm sure


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