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I seem to be having trouble getting my redhat 9 (yes redhat 9) to boot properly with my old redhat 9 drive attached as slave. It gets part way through ...
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    Boot Issues w/ Slave Attahed


    I seem to be having trouble getting my redhat 9 (yes redhat 9) to boot properly with my old redhat 9 drive attached as slave.

    It gets part way through the boot process, when it gets to the /dev/hdb part, it fails and then continues for a few more steps until it really craps out and then freezes with the idea of starting the system logger, at which point nothing else happens.

    - The main drive boots and runs great without this second drive attached as slave.

    - The main drive will boot with a third drive I have (also redhat 9 with some bad sectors in the boot partition) attached as slave. I am able to mount the slave drive fine and navigate the file system with no problems.

    - The second drive will do a full boot on it's own with some minor issues. I am unable to log in at the prompt however... not sure if I forgot the pwd or if the minor issues in the boot process were not as minor as I thought.

    It almost seems as if the boot partition on the secondary drive is interferring with the process of the original boot. I am not sure if that is possible.

    Any advice is appreciated.

    Thanks.

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    Hi and Welcome !

    Slave disk should not create any problem in the boot process of Primary disk. Make sure to select Primary disk as First Boot Device in BIOS.
    Could you post exact error message here. Un-plug slave disk and boot up from Primary. Post the contents of its /etc/fstab file here.
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    The bios seems to be picking everything up ok.

    The slave disk is being shown as Primary Slave on the initial boot screen.

    I had disabled all other boot devices except for the first which is set to hdd0. I tested it on all different settings and it seemed to also boot if I set it to hdd1 as well.

    I checked fstab and it had only my main hda partitions in there, nothing for hdb.

    The first error that shows up i the boot sequence (from memory, I will post a printout later) is something like "/boot duplicate .... hdb" [FAILED]

    I will post the fstab and error messages later.

    Thanks!!

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    Post the contents of /boot/grub/grub.conf file too.
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    GRUB Configuration

    # grub.conf generated by anaconda
    #
    # Note that you do not have to rerun grub after making changes to this file
    # NOTICE: You have a /boot partition. This means that
    # all kernel and initrd paths are relative to /boot/, eg.
    # root (hd0,0)
    # kernel /vmlinuz-version ro root=/dev/hda6
    # initrd /initrd-version.img
    #boot=/dev/hda
    default=0
    timeout=10
    splashimage=(hd0,0)/grub/splash.xpm.gz
    password --md5 ##########################
    title Red Hat Linux (2.4.20-
    root (hd0,0)
    kernel /vmlinuz-2.4.20-8 ro root=LABEL=/ hdc=ide-scsi
    initrd /initrd-2.4.20-8.img


    /etc/fstab

    LABEL=/ / ext3 defaults 1 1
    LABEL=/boot /boot ext3 defaults 1 2
    none /dev/pts devpts gid=5,mode=620 0 0
    LABEL=/home /home ext3 defaults 1 2
    LABEL=/music /music ext3 defaults 1 2
    none /proc proc defaults 0 0
    none /dev/shm tmpfs defaults 0 0
    LABEL=/tmp /tmp ext3 defaults 1 2
    LABEL=/usr /usr ext3 defaults 1 2
    LABEL=/var /var ext3 defaults 1 2
    /dev/hda9 swap swap defaults 0 0
    /dev/cdrom /mnt/cdrom udf,iso9660 noauto,owner,kudzu,ro 0 0
    /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy auto noauto,owner,kudzu 0 0

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