FreeBSD drops to single user mode

RW list-freebsd-2004 at
Fri Jan 27 14:49:30 PST 2006

On Friday 27 January 2006 21:36, Paul Schmehl wrote:
> Recently I experienced something that surprised me.  I have a workstation
> with two SATA drives.  The second drive is data only and is mounted r/w
> when the OS boots.  We had a user whose (Windows) computer crashed and they
> wanted to know if we could recover the data.
> I said I'd see, and I unplugged the second drive (ad5 on FreeBSD, drive1 on
> Windows) and plugged in the suspect drive, fully expecting to mount it and
> copy files over.  But, when FreeBSD booted, it failed to read ad5 and then
> dropped to single user mode.
> Here's my fstab, if that illuminates anything:
> /dev/ad5s1d             /files          ufs     rw              2       2

If you neglected to comment-out this line, FreeBSD would be looking for this 
partition, which doesn't exist on the Windows drive.

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