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I got a PC with Intel 64 Bit Processor. There I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS at /dev/sdb1 and Arch Linux at /dev/sda1.

Both swap onto /dev/sdb2.

I tried (with succes) to install Arch Linux onto a SD-Card (/dev/sdc) for my raspberry pi. There I tried to install vim to the SD-Card using pacstrap. This produced a few errors. Then I plugged off my SD-Card reader.

After rebooting my PC I saw a GRUB_RESCUE> promt. And the Line:

error:no such device:5a28b060-333c-479a-b5ed-58a7b9d8ae77.

This is the UUID of my Ubuntu partition (/dev/sdb1)

my first try

Then I used my amd64 boot repair disc and installed GRUB onto /dev/sdb. Then I had to disable /dev/sda in the Bios and Ubuntu is booting nicely.

Arch was'nt shown up at this moment.

Then I ran sudo update-grub and rebooted. Then Arch Linux was shown up but if I selected

Arch on /dev/sda1 my satadisc or somthing like that produced a ugly sound and my PC rebooted.

The output was

:~$ sudo update-grub
Grub-Konfigurationsdatei wird generiert …              #generating grub.cfg
Linux-Abbild gefunden: /boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-35-generic     #Linux-image found
initrd-Abbild gefunden: /boot/initrd.img-3.13.0-35-generic
Linux-Abbild gefunden: /boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-34-generic
initrd-Abbild gefunden: /boot/initrd.img-3.13.0-34-generic
Linux-Abbild gefunden: /boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-33-generic
initrd-Abbild gefunden: /boot/initrd.img-3.13.0-33-generic
Linux-Abbild gefunden: /boot/vmlinuz-3.13.0-32-generic
initrd-Abbild gefunden: /boot/initrd.img-3.13.0-32-generic
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.elf
Found memtest86+ image: /boot/memtest86+.bin
Arch auf /dev/sda1 gefunden             #found Arch on /dev/sda1
erledigt                          #done 

interesting is that GRUB says only 'found Arch on /dev/sda1'.

my second try

Then I tried to install GRUB onto /dev/sda and activated sda in the Bios. Then my machine produced again this ugly sound and I had to start again with the boot repair disc

my fourth try

is this here. I checked the /boot folder of Arch and of Ubuntu the differents are:

-Arch has got two initramfs.img (one is fallback) images

-Ubuntu has got a few initrd.img images(different versions)

-Ubuntu has got a few System.map files(see above)

-Ubuntu has got a few config files(again for the different versions)

-Ubuntu has got a few 'abi' files(what's that?)

And the filesystem of my Arch-partition is not damaged.

By the way I don't want to reinstall Arch because my installation is at a point where it would be really a lot work to rebuild the system.

Could it be that my MBR of /dev/sda are damaged?

Now I want to be able again to start both Operating Systems properly.


In /boot/grub.cfg is defined wich partition is used as root partition for the (unix-like)OSs.

Here in my case Arch is not booting, if his root partition is called by the name /dev/sdXY. I changed this using vim (vi should do it as well) using the command


this substitutes every /dev/sdXY with my-uuid

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    It's indeed always advised to use UUID or labels over the traditional way (/dev/sdX) because it's the only way to guaranty the persistence of partition names. – radriaanse Jan 2 '15 at 19:47
  • Yap, the grub-mkconfig uses only for better readability the /dev/sdXY form, better would be the UUID form, in the fstab,too. – LittleByBlue Jan 3 '15 at 9:42

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