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    Exclamation Cant access disk after "no init found" error

    Hello!

    I have a HP ProBook 6540b labtop and while doing a system resume ubuntu froye at splash screen with the dots. So I powered it off and when starting it again the error showed up

    Code:
    mount: mounting /dev/disk/by-uuid/***************************** on /root
    failed: Invalid argument
    mount: mounting /sys on /root/sys failed: No such file or directory
    mount: mounting /dev on /root/dev failed: No such file or directory
    mount: mounting /sys on /root/sys failed: No such file or directory
    mount: mounting /proc on /root/proc failed: No such file or directory
    Target file system doesn't have /sbin/init
    No init found. Try passing init= bootarg
    
    Busybox v1.13.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.13.3-1ubuntu7) built-in shell (ash)
    Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands
    (initramfs)
    Anyway after some googling for the solution i found a tip to do this

    sudo fdisk -l

    where i got the partition where linux is installed
    and then

    sudo fsck /dev/sda1

    however, doing this...the terminal returns

    Code:
    Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *           1       59272   476097536   83  Linux
    /dev/sda2           59272       60802    12285953    5  Extended
    /dev/sda5           59272       60802    12285952   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fsck /dev/sda1
    fsck from util-linux-ng 2.17.2
    e2fsck 1.41.12 (17-May-2010)
    fsck.ext4: Device or resource busy while trying to open /dev/sda1
    Filesystem mounted or opened exclusively by another program?
    I cant access the disk through Nautilus either. There i get Unable to mount 488GB filesystem. DBus error org.gtk.Private.RemoteVolumeMonitor.Failed: An operation is already pending

    So can anyone explain to me what the heck is going on with my harddrive? is it dead? is there anyway to recover the data? will a reinstall of ubuntu fix the issue?

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    Re: Cant access disk after "no init found" error

    Quote Originally Posted by perfecti0n View Post
    Hello!

    I have a HP ProBook 6540b labtop and while doing a system resume ubuntu froye at splash screen with the dots. So I powered it off and when starting it again the error showed up

    Code:
    mount: mounting /dev/disk/by-uuid/***************************** on /root
    failed: Invalid argument
    mount: mounting /sys on /root/sys failed: No such file or directory
    mount: mounting /dev on /root/dev failed: No such file or directory
    mount: mounting /sys on /root/sys failed: No such file or directory
    mount: mounting /proc on /root/proc failed: No such file or directory
    Target file system doesn't have /sbin/init
    No init found. Try passing init= bootarg
     
    Busybox v1.13.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.13.3-1ubuntu7) built-in shell (ash)
    Enter 'help' for a list of built-in commands
    (initramfs)
    Anyway after some googling for the solution i found a tip to do this

    sudo fdisk -l

    where i got the partition where linux is installed
    and then

    sudo fsck /dev/sda1

    however, doing this...the terminal returns

    Code:
    Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *           1       59272   476097536   83  Linux
    /dev/sda2           59272       60802    12285953    5  Extended
    /dev/sda5           59272       60802    12285952   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo fsck /dev/sda1
    fsck from util-linux-ng 2.17.2
    e2fsck 1.41.12 (17-May-2010)
    fsck.ext4: Device or resource busy while trying to open /dev/sda1
    Filesystem mounted or opened exclusively by another program?
    I cant access the disk through Nautilus either. There i get Unable to mount 488GB filesystem. DBus error org.gtk.Private.RemoteVolumeMonitor.Failed: An operation is already pending

    So can anyone explain to me what the heck is going on with my harddrive? is it dead? is there anyway to recover the data? will a reinstall of ubuntu fix the issue?
    Hi perfecti0n,

    It is happening the same to me with a DELL. After boot error with same message, I used a LiveCD, got the linux partition and, after "fsck", I received same message: "Filesystem mounted or opened exclusively by another program?"
    I have not found any way to access the hard drive.

    Have you found a solution?
    Thank you

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    Re: Cant access disk after "no init found" error

    [QUOTE=mreyes;10579869]Hi perfecti0n,

    It is happening the same to me with a DELL. QUOTE]

    Hi again,

    consulting more in the forums, I saw that GParted could be used to try to repair partitions. I downloaded an image, burnt a CD and boot from it. Once the application was running, I chose the boot partition and select the option recover (repair). After a minute it completed the repair.

    I booted again from the hard disk and now the laptop is working perfectly.

    Cheers
    Marcos

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    Re: Cant access disk after "no init found" error

    [QUOTE=mreyes;10580690]
    Quote Originally Posted by mreyes View Post
    Hi perfecti0n,

    It is happening the same to me with a DELL. QUOTE]

    Hi again,

    consulting more in the forums, I saw that GParted could be used to try to repair partitions. I downloaded an image, burnt a CD and boot from it. Once the application was running, I chose the boot partition and select the option recover (repair). After a minute it completed the repair.

    I booted again from the hard disk and now the laptop is working perfectly.

    Cheers
    Marcos
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