Grub Error 17: Cannot mount selected partition

When I wanted to upgrade a test machine to SLES10 SP2 with OES2 SP1 I ran into a error:

Error 17: Cannot mount selected partition

The upgrade screen gives you the option to modify the grub section. But nothing helped. Than I just move from Grub to Lilo and the upgrade process went on.

During the first boot, I got a error that the boot partition could not be mounted. Then I saw that in /etc/fstab the mount point for boot was pointing to the wrong device. I corrected it to /dev/sda1 and everything was ok.

This test machine was a not patched SLES10 SP1 with OES2 (SP0). Tomorrow I’m going to upgrade a machine from a customer of mine. I think I will turn my notebook into a installation server because changes I don’t like to change a CD/DVD while upgrading.

I will blog here how it went.

About Michael
Michael Wilmsen is a VMware training/consultant (no specific order) with more than 15 years in the IT industry. Main focus is VMware vSphere, Horizon View and Site Recovery Manager with a deepdive to performance. Michael is VCDX 210, VCAP 4/5 certified, has been rewarded with the vExpert title from 2011, is a PernixPro, Nutanix Tech Champion and a Nutanix Platform Professional.

6 Comments to “Grub Error 17: Cannot mount selected partition”

  1. By Mike, December 17, 2008 @ 00:30

    When I fully patched the machine with the latest patches for SLES10 SP1 the upgrade of grub went fine!
    So be warned!

  2. By Mike, December 17, 2008 @ 00:30

    When I fully patched the machine with the latest patches for SLES10 SP1 the upgrade of grub went fine!
    So be warned!

  3. By Gregory, June 10, 2009 @ 14:31

    So should we upgrade first?

    • By Mike, June 10, 2009 @ 14:35

      You should first patch your server to the latest level.
      Than you can upgrade to SP1

  4. By Gregory, June 10, 2009 @ 14:31

    So should we upgrade first?

    • By Mike, June 10, 2009 @ 14:35

      You should first patch your server to the latest level.
      Than you can upgrade to SP1

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