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Avoid Partitioning Problems When Installing Linux from an Installation Source

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By Aaron Gresko

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Posted: 13 Oct 2005

When installing from an installation source, problems can occur caused by the boot media used to start the installation. For example, booting a system with a SLES 9 CD and then trying to install SUSE Pro 9.3 from an installation server will result in the following error:

Could not mount partition /dev/sda2 to /mnt/.

The inability to mount the partition is caused by not booting off the proper media. The problem will occur whenever the boot media is significantly different from the installation source media. The best policy for avoiding problems is to always boot a system with the first CD from the distribution that is being installed.

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