Can one now help?

Parshwa Murdia b330bkn at
Sun Jul 18 20:24:47 UTC 2010

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>>    From: JD <jd1008 at <mailto:jd1008 at>>
>>    To: Community support for Fedora users
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>>    Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 14:31:48 -0700
>>    Subject: Re: Can one now help?

> Live CD also allows you to just boot the cd without installing it.
> So, do not select install. just boot it and the desktop will come up.
> in desktop, open a terminal:
> Click Applications -> System Tools -> Terminal
> in the shell terminal, mount your fedora partition:
> su -
> No password needed. just press enter.
> mkdir /mydisk
> mount /dev/sdXN /mydisk
> where X is the drive letter and N is the partition number (starts at 1)
> where you installed fedora.
> Now cd to your /etc and edit fstab and fix the problem.
> If you do not know how to do that, post the contents of your fstab to this
> list
> and I am certain someone will tell you what is wrong.

one things is that when you say sdXN, X is the drive letter means what drive
letter is give to the linux partition? in windows if i see, its H so it
should be like sdH9?? in the line:

mount /dev/sdXN /mydisk

but the error i get is:
mount: you must specify the filesystem type* (which comes in the terminal)

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> From: Marko Vojinovic <vvmarko at>
> To: users at
> Date: Sun, 18 Jul 2010 19:50:22 +0100
> Subject: Re: Can one now help?
> On Sunday, July 18, 2010 15:39:43 Parshwa Murdia wrote:

You are right not to touch the install icon again. You do not want to
> install
> the system all over again. Instead, once you have booted the Live CD and
> have
> the desktop show up, you should do several things.
> First open the terminal (find it in the menus, its exact position depends
> on
> KDE/Gnome Live CD, and I don't know which one you are using).

Yes, i am using Gnome and the live CD of fedora 11.

> Then you need to find out which partition is the root partition of your
> installed Fedora. You do not want to confuse that to your *current* root
> partition which is on the Live CD. Hard disk partitions in Fedora are named
> sda1, sda2, ... for the master hd on the primary IDE controller,
> sdb1, sdb2, ... for the slave hd on the primary IDE, then sdc1/2/... and
> sdd1/2/... for the master and slave on the secondary IDE, etc. Of course,
> if
> you have a SATA drive this may be different. If you have a dual-boot
> configuration (ie. Windows), then it typically takes sda1 for Windows drive
> C:,
> sda2 for windows drive D: (if you have one, not counting the CD/DVD drive)
> and
> so on, while Fedora partitions go after those.

yes, its sata harddisk i think and dual booted with windows. in windows i
have partitions for C, D, E, F (four drives).

> I am writing all this to show you that partition layout depends a lot on
> your
> hardware and software configuration, and no one on this list can guess it
> for
> you --- you have to find it out yourself for your particular machine. One
> way
> to do it is to use fstab:
> (1) once in the terminal, type "su -" to become root (without quotes)
> (2) type "fdisk -l /dev/sda"
> (3) fdisk will list the partition table of your hard disk --- look
> carefully
> on that list, and try to figure out which partition is the Linux root
> partition. If you cannot guess it yourself, post the partition table layout
> to
> us so we can help you with guessing.

the result of "fdisk -l /dev/sda" is as follows:

Disk /dev/sda: 250.0 GB, 250059350016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 30401 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0xfedcfedc

   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sda1               1        5737    46082421    7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda2            5738       30400   198105547+   f  W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sda5            5738        9561    30716248+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda6            9562       13385    30716248+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda7           13386       15935    20482843+   7  HPFS/NTFS
/dev/sda8   *       15936       15961      204799+  83  Linux
/dev/sda9           15961       28596   101487615+  8e  Linux LVM

I don't know why there is no entry for sda3 and sda4. I guess the linux root
partition to be sda8? or it should be sda9?

> After you have determined which partition is the Fedora root (in what
> follows
> I will assume that it is /dev/sda2, while you should substitute the
> relevant
> /dev/sd?? instead), you want to mount it somewhere --- typically to /mnt
> directory of your running LiveCD Fedora. This is done as follows:
> (1) create a new directory in /mnt, by typing "mkdir /mnt/oldfedora"
> (2) mount the partition to that directory by typing
> "mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/oldfedora" (and don't forget to substitute /dev/sda2
> with whatever is relevant for your case)

mounting this (for both sda8 and sda9), it shows me the error:
mount: unknown filesystem type 'lvm2pv'* (in the terminal)

and once:
mount: you must specify the filesystem type* (in the terminal)

so again it is not getting either mounted.
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