1. Unable to access or mount hard drive/floppy drive from Rescue mode
I am trying to boot my Red Hat 6.2 system (PIII 450 Mhz, linux kernel
version 2.2.16) into Rescue mode by booting from the floppy drive, without
accessing the hard drive. (This is because when I boot into Rescue mode for
real, I will have just formatted the linux filesystems on the hard drive,
and the root partition will not contain a /etc/fstab file. Hence
all the filesystems, including the root filesystem, will not be able to be
mounted.) FYI, I'm using LILO to dual boot the machine between Win 98 and
Linux; hda1 is FAT32, while hda2 is linux swap and hda3 is linux native
With the Red Hat 6.2 Install CD in the local CD drive and the Red Hat
Install floppy in the floppy drive, I am able to boot into Rescue mode (by
entering "linux rescue" at the "boot:" prompt from the floppy). (Due to
lack of BIOS support, the system cannot be booted directly from the CD.)
My problem is that after I get the bash shell prompt, I am unable to
mount or otherwise access any of the filesystems on my hard drive
(/dev/hda1, /dev/hda3) or the floppy drive (/dev/fd0). In fact, in the
directory, the /dev/hda1, /dev/hda3 and /dev/fd0 devices don't even exist.
Does anybody know how I can boot into Rescue mode subject to the following
- Booting cleanly from the floppy,
- Without accessing the hard drive during the boot process,
- But being able to manually access/mount the hard drive filesystems and the
floppy drive after booting.
P.S. I also tried using the mkbootdisk command to create a boot floppy.
Booting from this floppy failed (kernel panic error message) when the root
filesystem could not be mounted.
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