Grub, ntfs external hard drives, hanging up!

Rashkae ubuntu at
Sat May 17 19:52:53 UTC 2008

Rick wrote:
> Here something that is very odd, after doing some updates,
> had to reboot...
> Have 3 external usb drives, that are formatted in ntfs.
> for some wired reason, when rebooting, did not even reach the grub menu,
> to select either ubuntu or windows vista...
> it just hung there... ( did it 4 times )
> once I un-plug the usb drives, goto the grub menu.
> everyone told me that formatting from fat32 to ntfs is better
> well, this would be the first time in 2 years, I ever had a reboot
> problem with ubuntu or my external hard usb hard drives.
> Need Help ( Thanks in Advance)

Do you by chance have grub installed on a different drive than the one
which holds your /boot partition?  If yes, this could be messy, as your
BIOS might be moving the drive assignments around.

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