re grub error 17

Ray Burke rayburke30 at
Wed Jan 21 20:35:25 UTC 2009

Cant I do this $ df /boot in the terminal window in 'K'
also can the $ dd if=/dev/sdc of=/dev/sdb be done with k loaded as
the system is not using xp pro drive and the external usb drive these
two addresses would be dev/sda1 for xp pro and dev/sdh1 for the external
usb drive, there fore the command in the terminal window would read
$ dd if=/dev/sda1 of=/dev/sdh1 ????????????
as I dont understand why I would load up the live cd for K??????

Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 21:16:51 +0100Subject: Re: re grub error 17From: Herve at lucidia.netTo: kubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.comHi Ray,
2009/1/21 Ray Burke <rayburke30 at>

Herve, I am sorry as kost of my questions on the forum go astray!!!!!
No worries :-) 

when I boot from the backup disk it just continually says gub, but this was a clonned copy thru ghost 3 of the main xp pro??
I s'pose ghost did not just copy the disk... I actually don't know this program. I use dd which is not very beautiful being command line and all that, but does exactly what's written on the tin :-)

 do I do this $ df /boot when in K and with just my xp pro drive and linux drive?????
Sorry, you'd do this from the command line (Konsole) in Kubuntu. Sorry again for my use of command line, I actually don't know the graphical tools though I know they exist. 
To copy the disks, I'd boot from a LiveCD of Kubuntu, so none of the hard disks are being used, then I'd make a bit-for-bit copy of my disks to the backup; that's what dd does.For example, when you start from the LiveCD, your main hard disk maybe /dev/sdc and your backup disk /dev/sdb, do you'd copy like so:$ dd if=/dev/sdc of=/dev/sdbThis means copy from input 'file' (if) /dev/sdc to output 'file' (of) /dev/sdb, and it preserves the boot record and partition table.You can also copy partitions the same way (after checking that destination >= source). For example:$ dd if=/dev/sda3 of=/dev/sdb4Good luck,Hervé


Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 14:04:04 +0100
Subject: Re: re grub error 17From: Herve at lucidia.netTo: kubuntu-users at

Hello Ray,Re-posting to the list in case it might help others... was sent to personal e-mail.I - Booting with the backup disks onIf your system boots ok with the backups off and does not when they're on, then my guess is that you have two grubs:* one on the main hard drive (the one you want)* at least one on the backups (the one[s] you don't)and that your system boots by default from the backup. This, as you probably know, can be changed in the BIOS settings, under the boot section (its location depends on your BIOS).II - Error 17The reason why grub gives error 17 is due to the difference between the partition layout in the backup disk[s] and the original disk. For example, Linux's boot partition maybe on partition /dev/sda3 on the original disk and /dev/sda1 on the backup disk[s]. To find out your boot partition, type this:$ df /bootwhich gives me (/boot is not a separate partition on my laptop - yet):/dev/sda8             52506748   3838592  46000968   8% /I hope this can help a bit. Do not hesitate to ask again if I can be of help.Hervé

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