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Thread: [HELP] Sata External USB HDD BT2 Install

  1. #1
    Just burned his ISO
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    Dec 2007

    Default [HELP] Sata External USB HDD BT2 Install

    i install bt2.iso via Vmware 6 .
    i have a external sata usb hdd, so i attached it into Vmware(using whole disk), and followed livedcd install instructions.

    /dev/sda1 * linux 83
    /dev/sda2 swap 82
    /dev/sda3 linux 83
    umount /dev/sda*
    mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda1
    mkfs.ext3 /dev/sda3
    mkswap /dev/sda2
    swapon /dev/sda2
    bt ~ # cd /mnt
    bt mnt # mkdir boot
    bt mnt # mkdir bt2f
    bt mnt # mount /dev/sda1 boot
    bt mnt # mount /dev/sda3 bt2f
    Source (BackTrack CD): <leave this blank>
    Install BackTrack to: /mnt/bt2f
    Write MBR to: /dev/sda
    after installation complete.i remove the iso img,restart the vm, and it works well. but while i reboot my pc,(already have selected using usb hdd to bootup [HTS541612J9SA00, it's a sata 120gb external hd]), it works well at the beginning, after a while i get a kernal panic like this:
    md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
    md: autorun ...
    md: ... autorun DONE.
    RAMDISK: Couldn't find valid RAM disk image starting at 0.
    VFS: Cannot open root device "803" or unknown-block(8,3)
    Please append a correct "root=" boot option
    Kernel panic - root not syncing: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on unknown-block(8,3)
    and system hangs up.interupt receiving any input.
    i reboot to windows and boot it via vmware, it working normally.
    i also tried change lilo.conf root=/dev/sd* or root=/dev/hd*
    (* means [ax,bx,etc])
    i'm a newbie in linux,i think this would be a sata driver pc chipest model is ICH7
    this question make me house arrest,could any one help me here.thx very much.

  2. #2
    Good friend of the forums
    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    outside chicago, il


    try adding rootdelay=15 to the kernel line. It works for external usb drives. I am not sure about esata, but I am looking into purchasing one so I would like to know if this works.

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