Mint Debian cannot find /sdb3 SOLVED

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mchipeur
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Mint Debian cannot find /sdb3 SOLVED

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I installed Mint Debian because I want the rolling updates. Unfortunately the bootup process is different from Mint 8 or 9 because my "/home" partition disappears when I change the drives. What I mean is that I am using a work laptop and have learned to remove the hd (/sda1) when installing Linux distros to my external drive (bad experiences when Mint & Ubuntu as well as others have automatically overwritten the MBR on the work hd).

First, I removed the internal hd. Then I installed Mint Debian (MD). I rebooted MD and all was well. I replaced the internal hd and rebooted MD. Now it cannot find my /home partition.

I assumed that grub or another boot process sees the drives that are there when originally booted. So next I decided to change the rules by leaving the internal hd in when booting the live usb for installation. The I unmounted the internal hd and installed MD to the external. I then tried to reboot MD without the internal drive. No luck (ok, I was able to get to the login screen, but it couldn't get any further). I then returned the external hd to the laptop and booted. It now works.

I'd like to be able to boot without having to keep the same hd configuration. My research tells me that grub2 (??? in Debian only ???) uses static /sda and /sdb language rather than the UUID for partitions. I found this post on the forum: http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=46&t=4961 but the wiki link inside (http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... _a_problem) ends in a "403 Forbidden" error.

Can someone please share a method to replace the /sda & /sdb references with UUID?
Last edited by mchipeur on Thu Sep 16, 2010 12:57 am, edited 1 time in total.
oobetimer

Re: Mint Debian cannot find /sdb3

Post by oobetimer »

Is your /etc/fstab correct?

Terminal commands

sudo blkid

cat /etc/fstab
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Re: Mint Debian cannot find /sdb3

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Thank you oobetimer. I do not know what to look for using the commands you mention, but since today's update which included a GRUB2 update things appear to be fine. I will post more if I am mistaken about my good fortune.
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Re: Mint Debian cannot find /sdb3 SOLVED

Post by StratosJL »

Yes, you are right, I actually had to deal with it first hand... you can read about it in my post:

http://laspas.gr/2010/09/12/linux-mint-debian-is-out/
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