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19 May

Ubuntu - The disk drive for X is not ready yet or not present


After an Ubuntu install go wrong my laptop started coming up with this error message:

The disk drive for X is not ready yet or not present

In my case, the laptop was having trouble with /dev/sda1, my root partition.

The Solution:

The error message above is met with two solutions, press S to skip or M to do a manual install. Press "M" for manual install.
Once you are the command prompt, your drive will have been mounted as read-only, change that like this:

mount /dev/sda1 -o rw,remount

Now that the drive is in read-write again (test with a simple touch /tmp/test), continue the installation with this:

dpkg --configure -a






2 Responses to “Ubuntu - The disk drive for X is not ready yet or not present”

  1. By brandon on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!

  2. By Aaron H on Aug 13, 2011 | Reply

    Dude, great tutorial. I have been down and out of my *nix partition since this past spring thanks to the tanking of the 10.10 to 11.04 update. This fixed me right up! Thanks again!

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