12.04 grub unable to boot on /sde, upgrade-grub and boot-repair failed, please help

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Published on 2012-08-09T15:16:35Z Indexed on 2012/09/30 9:48 UTC
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My problem is I've 4 disks in a raid array listed as sda, sdb... sdd and grub 2 refuses to boot on /sde (the 5th disk, standalone and containing a clean install of 12.04 64 bits).

I tried all solutions but all fail. (live CD/USB with grub-setup, also tried repair-grub, and tried also in the "grub rescue" set prefix= etc).

I also tried to deactivate the RAID array in the BIOS, but I'd rather not destroy it, and I didn't find a way to make the standalone disk as '/sda1' (this would satisfy grub). In the BIOS, the would-be /sda is the only bootable hard disk; it ends up as /sde and grubs complains.

I've made repair-grub issue a pastebin.

I always end up in grub-rescue and I'm stuck. I need Ubuntu to boot so that I can add the device array handler for my disks. I can't switch the disks and I can't disconnect the SATA RAID controller.

I need:
(a) a workaround so that grub starts on /sde; or
(b) a way to change the order in which Ubuntu sees the disks, at boot time. I could then provide grub with a /sda1.

Thanks a lot.

up please thanks a lot

it's not the same problem as booting ubuntu from raid. My RAID array serves only of data repository

windows had no problem with this configuration

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