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Having trouble solving MTAB "Already mounted" issue

Postby BadFish on Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:49 am

I recently installed Gloria on a 4 gig flash drive and have been using it to rescue a Windows box that got hosed with a virus. The Gloria install is a persistent install. I used it for several hours, several reboots, had no problems I couldn't figure out and then one of the times I boot up, I get this message: "mount: according mtab, /dev/sda1 is already mounted on /media/disk." I know that "/disk" is the C drive of the host machine, the one with the hosed Win install.

So like a good newbie, I googled the message but apparently I am such a newb that although it looks like I have found a solution, I cannot really understand which would be the best AND once I figure that out, I am not even sure how to do some of them! Here are a couple that look good to me but I have not tried (in no particular order):

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=7383557
http://forum.initng.org/viewtopic.php?p ... 2087ff5395
http://www.unix.com/unix-dummies-questi ... -mtab.html
This one looks good but is from 2007
http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-461844.html

Am I on the right track? I really do not know the command line in linux and have not much of clue of what those posts are telling me to do. Can someone point me in a direction where there may be more basic instructions?

Thanks in advance!
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Re: Having trouble solving MTAB "Already mounted" issue

Postby lagagnon on Thu Jul 30, 2009 10:02 am

That first thread looks like the correct response and is really only 5 terminal commands so I cannot make it any simpler that that poster already has. If you have done a persistant install on a USB device then you are certainly capable of performing those 5 terminal commands in the order shown. If the terminal still freaks you out read this: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UsingTheTerminal
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