When I try to boot into Linux on hda2, a lot of messages are
displayed, as normal, but the boot finishes with:
VFS: Cannot open root device 03:05
Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 03:05
MY CURRENT SYSTEM (WITH STATUS)
This is going to be decomissioned and used for storage,
but is still usable:
sda 4.3 GB hard disk
sda1 Windows 98
sda2 <sda5 sda6 sda7 sda8 sda9> Linux-Mandrake 7.1
This contains the Linux I can't access:
hda 30 GB hard disk
hda1 Windows Me
hda2 <hda5 hda6 hda7 hda8> Linux-Mandrake 7.1 where:
hdc CD ReWriter
hdd LS-120 drive
The Linux distribution is from the downloaded Linux-Mandrake 7.1
ISO images (two CDs: Installation Disc and Extension Disc).
When I installed Linux-Mandrake from these, it gave an error
message when I tried to create a boot floppy. The boot floppy
it did partially create is useless.
I've just installed a CD rewriter (hdc). This worked fine in both Windows
Me and Linux, though X-CD-Roast was pretty frightening with its
insistence on specifiying a partition for the ripped files. I may have
made a mistake when choosing a partition.
REMEDIAL ACTION I'VE ATTEMPTED
Using the Linux-Mandrake installation I was about to decomission
(on sda2), I tried to access my new Linux-Mandrake installation
on hda2 with the command:
mount /dev/hda6 /mnt/new
but I get the message "/dev/hda6 is not a block device" (or similar).
I tried each of the non-Windows LILO options (linux, failsafe,
windows, windows2, floppy) but none worked.
I do have a bootable disk from an old installation (1998, S.u.S.E.
5.2) which I used on sda2 to recover LILO by selecting the option
"boot from installed system" but if I type in hda2 it can't see
it, and probably wouldn't be much point if I could, anyway, as
I'd still get the same kernel panic.
CALL FOR HELP
Needless to say, I'd be extremely grateful for any assistance. I'm having
to use Windows Me to send this :-( I'm sure there's a relatively easy
way to ger around this - at least, I hope there is!
I'm sure all my data are still on my Linux partitions on hda2, I just
need to to find the door that will let me get to them.
I blame X-CD-Roast for this.