External hard disk error? i/0 error during partition and can no longer access Externall HDD in Windows

Asked by JJBarlow on 2007-05-10

Hi guys,

I INSTALLED UBUNTU ON MY SYSTEM, CHECKED IT OUT, THEN LATER SWITCHED BACK TO WIN XP. WINDOWS WANTS ME TO FORMAT THE HARD DRIVE TO ACCESS IT, BUT I DONT HAVE ANYTHING BUT MUSIC AND MOVIES ON THE HARD DRIVE, NO WINDOWS FILES. WHY WONT WINDOWS RECOGNIZE THE HARD DRIVE? AND, HOW DO I GET MY FILES BACK TO WINDOWS? IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO COLLECT ALL THE MUSIC AND MOVIES, I REALLY DONT WANT TO LOSE IT ALL, PLEASE HELP?!?

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!

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2007-05-21
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2008-08-05
Cesare Tirabassi (norsetto) said : #1

It would help if you can disable the splash screen so that we can pinpoint the exact error ("can't access tty; job control turned off" is just a side effect of the real error).

To do so you should delete the "splash quiet" entries which are addedd at the end of the boot line. You can edit it once you have selected it with the e key.

Thanks.

I did what you said and it seemed to all go fine apart from

**

hda: cache flushes not supported
 hda: unknown partition table
end_request: I/0 error, dev fd0, sector 0
end_request: I/0 error, dev fd0, sector 0
Buffer I/0 error on device fd0, logical block 0

**

Thanks

Cesare Tirabassi (norsetto) said : #3

First, I would check your CD to see if there was any problem in burning (is one of the options in the Live CD boot menu).

The message you are getting means that there is indeed a problem detecting your floppy drive.
If you have the option in BIOS this can sometimes simply be solved by disabling your floppy drive (once the installation is complete you may try to enable it again).
Just physically removing the FD might be not enough if the BIOS still thinks and report that it is there.

There are unfortunately some reports about this bug, and a common solution has not yet been found.

In case you want to check, here is a link to some bug report from users which have an issue similar to yours:

bug #96084
bug #97306
bug #97496

However, note that your memory is on the low side (256 MB minimum is required).
Perhaps you will have better luck with the Alternate CD, which has lower requirements and a text based installer.

Also, you may want to try Xubuntu, which is a somewhat lighter version of Ubuntu.

I hope any of this can be of help.

I have checked through my BIOS and it doesn't seem to let me disable the floppy drive. I have the floppy drive plugged in and it is being accessed when I am attempting install. I didn't burn this CD for Ubuntu I was sent it by Canonical in a pack that i requested, therefore it is in mint condition.

Concerning my RAM the 128MB seems to be fine, the basic menu at startup (where I get the option to install) works smoothly and as I said before I have previously installed Windows XP on this machine. Ubuntu was a faster option.

I'll share my BIOS information and some screenshots if it helps.

PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0
BIOS Version: R0114R5
Serial Number: 28987950-5400185

There are advanced options such as:
Memory Cache
Primary IDE adapter
IrDA
Serial Port
Parallel Port
Audio

Plug & Play OS

There are power options such as:
CPU Speed
Idle Timeout
Suspend
Hibernation

LCD Management
HDD Power management

The BOOT options only allow me to set 3 options:

1 [ATAPI CD-ROM Drive]
2 [Hard Drive]
3 [Diskette Drive]

I think those are the only proper options I have to change the system. If any of them could be used to solve my problem please could you provide some assistance.

Cesare Tirabassi (norsetto) said : #5

I would check it anyhow, at least we will know for sure that it is not a CD burning error.

And as I said, if you can get the Alternate CD it would be much better.

I've been looking around about an Alternate CD and have had no luck. I decided to download Xubuntu and burn that to disc. I get the same error.

Tian Longqin (tlq816) said : #7

Hello,

I have the same problem with Xubuntu 7.04 Alternate CD.

My PC is 266Celeron CPU, 128M memory. That's why I use Xubuntu Alternate installation CD.

I'm pretty sure this error has to so with the linux kernel's handling of "scsi" devices, or at least the asynchronosity of device initialization. Certain devices can take too long to be initialized and the boot process passes them up because there is no check. There are two possible solutions that I can think of:

1. Swap in a different (hopefully better) cd drive into the laptop bay.
2. when the boot screen comes up hit 'e' to edit the boot line and add 'rootdelay=10' that should delay the boot process and give the cd drive time to catch up

Please report if #2 works for anyone... I had previously posted, along with a few others previously, to fa.linux.kernel supporting a patch to fix this but got no response.

http://groups.google.com/group/fa.linux.kernel/browse_thread/thread/b85bf776e56f8f8/a13cc8162a6f34fc?lnk=st&q=somerville+rootdelay&rnum=1&hl=en#a13cc8162a6f34fc
http://groups.google.com/group/fa.linux.kernel/browse_thread/thread/e3761217e5ec9d49/852362b7251b72a9?lnk=gst&q=Eric+Lammerts+usb+boot&rnum=2&hl=en#852362b7251b72a9

Spiral (escheit-yahoo) said : #9

I fixed this issue with my installation by just pulling the power to the floppy (the white 3 prong thing) and the install went fine, without that error and halt

kitris (mzingg) said : #10

My neighbor is having the same prombem with the same ubuntu (7.04). The disc is one that worked on my computer, and was sent to me by ubuntu.

I'm not sure what type of computer he has, I think its an HP. I'll try some of the soloutions above, but were not super geniuses, we have been running windows for 8 years, and are currently people who get angry because we can't just point and click to solve something. So basically were going to need a very down to earth meathod.

thanks.

Noiano (noiano) said : #11

Hi everybody
I have the same problem with xubuntu 7.04 with almost the same hardware

Sony Vaio Notebook PCG-SR21K
Intel Pentium MMX Processor 650Mhz
128MB of RAM
10GB IDE Toshiba drive HDD
Sony Vaio CD-ROM Drive via an Interface PC card.

I have tried the rootdelay=10 option but nothing. Please someone help...I am pretty desperate!

Noiano (noiano) said : #12

two more things:

1. the boot process locks with that message when detects the pcmcia cdrom
2. the pcmcia cdrom works perfectly on a fully working ubuntu (on a different hardware)

Please help...i cannot install xubuntu on my ancient laptop!

I have tried many solutions for my PCG-505E ancient laptop too. In the end I
gave up finding no solutions to the errors I was receiving.

Oh well! Maybe sometime later Ubuntu!
----- Original Message -----
From: "Noiano" <email address hidden>
To: <email address hidden>
Sent: Monday, May 21, 2007 7:17 AM
Subject: Re: [Question #6402]: can't access tty;job control turned off -
hard disk error? i/0 error

Your question #6402 on Ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/6402

Noiano requested for more information:
two more things:

1. the boot process locks with that message when detects the pcmcia cdrom
2. the pcmcia cdrom works perfectly on a fully working ubuntu (on a
different hardware)

Please help...i cannot install xubuntu on my ancient laptop!

_______________________________________________________________________
To answer this request for more information, you can either reply to
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windowsuser (tjb1991) said : #14

Hi, all
Im new, and all i did to fix this problem was eject the floppy drive while the computer was trying access it, left it out for about 10 seconds and re-inserted it. After the re-insertion it began to read from the CD again. I don't know if this will fix your problem but it fixed mine.

windowsuser (tjb1991) said : #15

Hi, all
Im new, and all i did to fix this problem was eject the floppy drive while the computer was trying access it, left it out for about 10 seconds and re-inserted it. After the re-insertion it began to read from the CD again. I don't know if this will fix your problem but it fixed mine.

ColinO (cjoke) said : #16

Why do I need a floppy drive??? I'm experiencing the "/bin/sh: can't access tty; job control turned off" when trying to booyt for install on 7.04.

It's sooo informative that I really cant even begin to guess what this message means!!!!

What am I supposed to have in the floppy drive? And I thought windoze was confusing.

Help!

windowsuser (tjb1991) said : #17

Sorry for being "sooo informative" but i meant to completly take out the
WHOLE floppy drive, not the floppy disk.(there shouldnt even be a floppy in
there).Take it out untill the cd light starts to blink. I dont think this
will work on a desktop, to much of a pain to try, i was using a laptop.

P.S.- Windows is awsome.

On 6/24/07, ColinO <email address hidden> wrote:
>
> Question #6402 on Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/6402
>
> ColinO requested for more information:
> Why do I need a floppy drive??? I'm experiencing the "/bin/sh: can't
> access tty; job control turned off" when trying to booyt for install on
> 7.04.
>
> It's sooo informative that I really cant even begin to guess what this
> message means!!!!
>
> What am I supposed to have in the floppy drive? And I thought windoze
> was confusing.
>
> Help!
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you are a direct
> subscriber of the question.
>

ColinO (cjoke) said : #18

I tried version 6.06.1 and experienced the same errors. Floppy drive (USB) plugged in and out etc. Finally tried the 7.04 Alternate version and it installed fine! Yeah me!

So far so good - doing updates and such.

Anyway is was on a Sony Vaio PCG-Z505LSK w/ 256M RAM, Pentium III 700+ MHz

Çağdaş ALTINKAYA (calt) said : #19

I get the same problem on my new Acer Aspire 5920G notebook (Santa Rosa Chipset, Intel T7300 CPU) with the 7.04 CD's (which I got via shipit).It will not boot and so it will not install. I also tried with an updated custom ubuntu DVD (created by <a href="http://reconstructor.aperantis.com/">Reconstructor</a>), the problem continued. Any help would be appreciated.

shubhangr (shubhangr) said : #20

i had a similar problem someone on launchpad advised me to change the boot options: erase splash and type in nolapic and then continue and live cd will load.

i tried this and it worked

dementia (mr-lowkey) said : #21

Hi,

I have a little problem with my external :)

Unable to mount the volume 'Maxtor Internal'.

$LogFile indicates unclean shutdown (0, 0) Failed to mount '/dev/sdb1'
Operation not supported Mount is denied because NTFS is marked to be in use.

In Windows the external works good....why not on Ubuntu?

Plz help :(

For future reference, please do not use all caps. In most online
communities it is considered rude (like shouting at someone).

As for your question: I don't believe this has anything to do with the
error being discussed here. I haven't seen a problem like yours
before. You might try asking on the freenode irc channel: #ubuntu
irc.freenode.net

But be sure not to use CAPS and be specific when asking your question.
If you don't give enough details, no one will be able to help you.

    Good luck,
    Andy

On Tue, Aug 5, 2008 at 11:16 AM, fbakerten
<email address hidden> wrote:
> Question #6402 on Ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/6402
>
> Description changed to:
>
> Hi guys,
>
> I INSTALLED UBUNTU ON MY SYSTEM, CHECKED IT OUT, THEN LATER SWITCHED
> BACK TO WIN XP. WINDOWS WANTS ME TO FORMAT THE HARD DRIVE TO ACCESS IT,
> BUT I DONT HAVE ANYTHING BUT MUSIC AND MOVIES ON THE HARD DRIVE, NO
> WINDOWS FILES. WHY WONT WINDOWS RECOGNIZE THE HARD DRIVE? AND, HOW DO I
> GET MY FILES BACK TO WINDOWS? IT TOOK A LONG TIME TO COLLECT ALL THE
> MUSIC AND MOVIES, I REALLY DONT WANT TO LOSE IT ALL, PLEASE HELP?!?
>
> THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME!
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you are a direct
> subscriber of the question.
>

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