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Old 02-26-2008, 01:18 PM   #1
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The superblock could not be read error after partitioning USB hard drive

I have openSuse 10.3,I used partitioner to partition a USB drive.Now when I boot i receive an error that the superblock could not be read if I dont have the external hard drive connected.Any ideas how to get my system to boot w/o the USB drive connected?

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Old 02-26-2008, 08:56 PM   #2
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Smile /etc/fstab!!

in your /etc/fstab file, you can add the option "noauto", (remove the quotes) to the 4th coloum on your device. Remember to just put a comma without a space

here's an example:

/dev/sda3            /                    ext3       acl,user_xattr        1 1
/dev/sda4            /home                ext3       acl,user_xattr        1 2
/dev/sdb1            /mnt/sdb1            auto       rw,user               0 0
let's say that /dev/sdb1 is my usb drive, so I would add noauto to the 4th coloum of the appropriate device like this:

/dev/sda3            /                    ext3       acl,user_xattr        1 1
/dev/sda4            /home                ext3       acl,user_xattr        1 2
/dev/sdb1            /mnt/sdb1            auto       rw,user,noauto        0 0
(I highlighted the change in bold) this tells the kernel not to attempt to mount it during startup, thus not producing the error message

You can find out which device your usb drive is by going to the YaST2 Partitioner and since you formatted it, should know which one it is.

Good luck,



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