Booting problem

Keith Powell keith at
Thu Oct 9 13:31:58 UTC 2008

Derek Broughton wrote:
> Keith Powell wrote:
>> If I have the master drive plugged in when installing Ubuntu, the
>> partitioner correctly recognises the slave as 'sdb'. However, if I have
>> the master unplugged, it calls the slave 'sda'. In my 'un-expert'
>> opinion, this is in conflict with what it should be.
> Nope.  Linux makes no guarantees what the hardware will be called, and this
> scenario looks perfectly normal to me.
>> So, I have installed Ubuntu with the master plugged in and it now works.
>> I expect, but am guessing here, that I could alternatively have
>> installed Ubuntu with the other drive unplugged and edited grub/menu.lst
>> to change sda to sdb.
> Grub should never even mention sda or sdb.  That's why a default install
> uses UUIDs.


Thank you for your reply and the information.

I'm pleased to say that it is working well, now.


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