[Klug-general] H Drive mount

David Halliday david.halliday at gmail.com
Wed Feb 1 12:49:33 UTC 2012

If you want to run fsck on a drive that is mounted, you can unmount it
first (as long as it isn't the root partition).
If you want to run it on the root then you will have to use a live
distribution like Knoppix.

If you have issues/worries about the drive then its worth setting it to
check at boot time in the fstab (it won't hurt to do this just slow down
booting on the occasions that the checks run).

If you want to look at grub2 in a less heavy way, there is a GUI tool (I
have read good things about it but not used it):

There is also some good documentation (prepare for a lot of reading) on the
ubuntu wiki: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Grub2

On 31 January 2012 22:24, Rich <klug-mail at richayres2.plus.com> wrote:

> **
> On 31/01/12 17:45, David Halliday wrote:
> Just some quick sanity checks (don't take them personally):
>    1. This message comes from when Linux is booting and not the BIOS
>    booting.
>    2. The BIOS set-up on the machine recognises the disk.
>    3. If possible S.M.A.R.T. checking is enables and hasn't fired any
>    errors for the disk (possible with old disks).
>    4. All physical connections have been given the usual extra
>    wiggle/push to tighten.
> A couple of pointers/questions:
>    1. What distribution are you using?  ----- Ubuntu 10.04 server
>    1. Have you configured the disks to be checked at boot time? (See
>    pass-num: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fstab ) ----------No
>     2. What is the file system being used? (EXT3/EXT4 etc...)
>    -------EXT4
>     3. At what point/which application/process/log gives that error
>    message?
>  The exact error message is " fsck from util-linux-ng 2.17.2
>  This is followed by /dev/sad1 clean xxxxxx files xxx blocks
>   samefor sda3
>       These are the root and home partitions of first disc.
>  The next  line is "The disc drive for /mnt is not ready yet or not present
>  Continue to wait or Press to skip mounting or M for manual recovery?
>  Is this something connected with grub2 ? How can I initiate the fsck for
> sdb1 which seems to need to be done before mounting or am I completely on
> the wrong track. I am not sure where I should put this (Don't Say it - I
> know what you are thinking), presumably somewhere in the sdb1 entry.
>    I have tried all your other suggestions for which much thanks
> On 31 January 2012 16:27, Rich <klug-mail at richayres2.plus.com> wrote:
>> Hi All
>> I have been having trouble in mounting a newly installed Hard drive. I
>> have edited /etc/fstab and the disc's (I know CLI etc require the Yankee
>> spelling -disk-but outside of that I spell in English) UUID, mount point
>> etc.
>> When I boot up I get the Message " Drive may be slow to respond or not
>> present" and gives the option of mounting manually."
>   mount /mnt /dev/hdb1 is successful and I can access the contents of the
>> drive with ls /mnt so disc does exist and will mount O.K.
>> Is there anything else I should be doing? As you know my machines are old
>> but I have never had this problem before even with this disc on another
>> box. Any suggestions please?
>>   Rich
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