I'm very new to linux. Setup Ubuntu 12.10 as an HTPC running XBMC which has been running great. I unplugged (without ejecting) a USB hard drive which Ubuntu said was busy and wouldn't eject itself. There were no apps running so I yanked it, hoping this would not cause issues.
Ever since I get the following boot prompt:
The disc drive for / is not ready yet or not present Continue to wait; or Press S to skip mounting or M for manual recovery
Yes, I know this is a common problem. And I've looked at some solutions including this thread at ubuntuforums.org which didn't help.
I have also tried to edit
fstab (successfully as superuser), adding
noauto. Fstab file edits remain but I still get this boot screen prompt.
Just before the boot screen prompt I get the following screen:
[ 7.104132] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdd] No Caching mode page present [ 7.104172] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdd] Assuming drive cache: write through [ 7.109879] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdd] No Caching mode page present [ 7.109919] sd 5:0:0:0: [sdd] Assuming drive cache: write through
At the boot prompt, if I press the ESC key, I can get the last error that occurred which was:
hdio_get_identity failed for '/dev/sdd' invalid argument
I startled Googling this as well but I'm just getting lost. I have too much evidence to work with for non-programmer.
Can I not just delete the record of the USB hard drive in
fstab? That way my computer is not looking for it when it boots, and if I plug it in again it will make a fresh record and I will of course avoid unplugging drives when it says they're busy.
Advice on this would be great as I'd prefer not to do a reinstall. It has taken me some time to learn how to setup shares and other things and I'd rather avoid repeating all this.
For now I shall continue to press S on boot.