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Old 09-01-2005, 11:46 PM   #1
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Starting RAID devs - Superblocks NOT read...

Hi guys and gals.

I have a big problem - I have been locked out of my machine...

On Startup I get the following message:

"Starting up RAID Devices.
Checking filesystems

The superblocks could not be read or .../...
you might try running e2fsck with alternative superblocks
e2fsck -b 8193 <device>"

When I do this (which I dont really understand what it all means), replacing <device> with /dev/hdd6 I get the message:

"No such file or directory".

I am running Mandrake 10.0 and it has worked a treat since re-installation over 3 months ago. I have not installed any fancy RAID software or apps. (that I know of) and this problem happened since I removed a slave drive that was in the machine (but to my knowledge doing nothing). I have tried replacing the slave drive (after reformatting it for other use, though) but get the same problem.

Can anyone guide me in the right direccion to solve this problem - I am locked out of my own machine :-( I tried google, but there was no mention of how to fix this problem, but rather how to install RAID for the use of multiple HDs.

All I want is to disable this RAID thing as I am only using one Master HD with my Mandrake and Windows XP (the latter is working still).

Thanks for your help

Old 09-02-2005, 09:54 AM   #2
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Hi again

Is this RAID app. so rare that no one can give me a hand...

I think that /dev/hdd6 might be the HD I removed, and now it is looking for it when it boots up.

As I am booting up, I get the option of loging as superuser into a console, so the idea would be to find where this app. is launched from and remove the reference to hdd6. maybe this way it may continue with the booting and I save myself having to reinstall the whole thing - again.

Please take a moment to think about this and see if you can shed some light on it.


Old 09-03-2005, 04:25 PM   #3
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Hi again

For the record and to help future people looking for help who may have encontered this same problem, the solution was **very** simple.

I just went into the fstab and removed the line making a reference to hdd6. Basically I deleted the following line:

/dev/hdd6 /mnt/linux ext defaults 1 2

This simple action absolutely cured the problem and saved me from major headaches and aeons wasted.

I am a little surprised (and dissapointed) no one on this forum was able to suggest something along these lines.

Thanks anyways and bye for now.



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