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Users out there,

I came here with the spark of a hope, that you could help me.
I want to get rid of my old WinXP, because the Game-Support for it seems to slowly expire now... So I took a second drive, just an old empty one I had at hands (ATA-Maxtor 90648D3), plugged of the other drive with WinXP, so that it couldn't be harmed, and started the installationof Ubuntu 12.04. Everything went as it was supposed to, until the end. Normal shutdown after successful installation process. But when I tried to boot my new Ubuntu from the HDD, it said:

 error: out of disk.
grub rescue>

So, what to do now?
I already tried a lot of things in the terminal, e.g. the update-grub as mentioned on
Everything worked, he didn't complain about a missing data or anything, but at the end of the day he still wasn't able to boot!

Next step was to change the etc/default/grub-file, so that it could load the ATA-drivers first, so that there is now problem with my drive. But even this didn't seem to have any effect, I'm still stuck with Ubuntu in the Live-CD-Mode...

If there was anybody to help me out there, I would be very glad.

Thanks for any support,

P.S.: I even tried to fix it with boot-repair, a small tool for Ubuntu, and it created a file with data that could probably help you to help me. You can find it on

UPDATE: at work i have a WDC WD3200YS-01PGB0 drive and everything is working. At home, I tried it with a ATA-Maxtor. The rest as above...

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So, I had some time for this problem again, so worked on it - and fixed it!
It was very simple, but on an other layer than we thought. I just switched the jumper-positions on the HDD, and now it works. I suppose the HDD was registered as a slave, which is not for booting issues. So if you want to boot a OS from a drive, always make sure to have it included as master (1 or 2 doesn't matter, only master) so that the BIOS knows where to search.
Thank you for your help, maybe those hints can help someone else searching for a solution!?

[#33710] Monday, October 10, 2022, 2 Years  [reply] [flag answer]
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