Re: HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed for /dev/sdb
I have a similar problem and it's also my external drive, a Western Digital Green 2 TB drive. Gparted was handy in identifying it. It's also attached to an open ended external box where the drive just slips into the SATA slots without it being a true enclosure. Easily hot swapped and I know that Windows sometimes has a bit of lag time seeing it. Why would this totally stall the boot as the hard drive isn't absolutely vital to the boot sequence? I imagine that Ubuntu, unlike Windows, doesn't have autoplay when it starts. All that recognition of drives occurs at boot level only. The message is similar to the above.
ata_id: HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed for '/dev/sda': Invalid argument
Does my hard drive need a grammar check? LOL!
It doesn't seem like anyone has an answer to this problem yet it seems common. I at first thought I was the only one.
Of course I also get the busybox problem as well on top of it. I am, eventually able to boot into Ubuntu but it's time consuming to do so. Is there a boot diagnostic program that can be downloaded and installed to pinpoint the source of the problem and correct it?
Last edited by PayPaul; April 28th, 2012 at 11:55 PM.
Reason: Clarification and revision
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