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PostPosted: Mon 09 Dec 2013, 00:41    Post_subject: Re: Please help...Unable to unmount USB flash drive  

Winescape wrote:
I hope this is the correct place to post this request.

Generally it would be better to start a new topic.

If you were reading this thread, at the bottom click "new topic" instead of "post reply".

Welcome to the kennels! Wink

I am running Wary Puppy from a USB flash drive plugged into my HP 510 laptop (which has a crashed Win XP system installed). Wary Puppy is to be the rescuer, and eventually may be the main OS...I like it a lot.

The first time I used Wary, I was able to mount and dismount all drives shown, and copy some key Win XP files...thanks for this.

However, on the second use, I am unable to dismount the Wary USB drive.

When I try to unmount, the error message I receive is "/dev/sdb1 mounted as /initrd/mnt/dev_save is in use by Puppy. You cannot unmount it."

Yikes. I tried Google, but am not clear about how to proceed. I would appreciate some steps to take so that I can unmount this USB and turn off the laptop without corrupting the Wary Puppy.

All help welcome. Thanks.

You booted from (or loaded a savefile on) the USB drive.

This is normal operation. Your OS and save file can't be removed (kinda like pulling someones brain out...)

If the problem is that you need your flash drive elsewhere (because it's big, for example), you can run pretty comfortably on a 2GB flash drive (or even a 1 GB, assuming you could find such any more) -- so if that's the problem, get a small dedicated flash drive.

If you are short on USB ports, and need to be able to pull flash drives to plug in other stuff, perhaps try an installation on your HDD.

If you have remnants of the XP boot on your hard drive (and if the hard drive works), you may be able to use Lin'N'Win to hook into the existing installed boot tools (I do the changes from Puppy, which eliminates some of the "unhide, modify and hide" steps...

If you want to boot without loading your save file, when offered a prompt at the beginning of the boot sequence, use:

puppy pfix=ram

And it will load to RAM, without loading your save file.

If you load your save file from the USB, you cannot unplug it.

My newer laptop has a SD card slot, where I boot from -- leaving the Windows system completely untouched -- and my USB ports all open. My older systems are all Lin'N'Win installs (dual booting Puppy and WinXP or Win98).

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PostPosted: Mon 09 Dec 2013, 01:22    Post_subject: Starting new thread  

Thank you very much for responding, RetroTeck Guy. I appreciate the welcome, and your suggestions. It looks as if I should start a new thread. I'm dealing with a big mess here that I think Puppy can solve if I go about things in the right way with help from people like you.
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