Ubuntu: The attempt to mount a file system with type vfat in SSI1(0,0,0),partition#1(sda)at/boot/efi failed



Question:

I'm trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 and it pops up a message saying:

The attempt to mount a file system with type vfat in SSI1(0,0,0),partition#1(sda)at/boot/efi failed  

Can someone help please?


Solution:1

It's quite possible that you're seeing the effects of the Windows "Fast Startup" feature. This feature turns shutdowns into suspend-to-disk operations, which means that filesystems Windows has mounted (potentially including the EFI System Partition (ESP), which Ubuntu mounts at /boot/efi) may appear to be damaged in Ubuntu, and may not mount correctly. The solution is to disable Fast Startup in Windows. Note that the Windows Fast Startup feature is entirely separate from a feature that probably has a similar name in the firmware. The firmware feature is much less dangerous, although it will sometimes interfere with the computer's ability to boot from a USB flash drive, so it may need to be disabled to get the installer to boot.


Solution:2

I had exactly the same problem today while installing Ubuntu Server on a UEFI machine. I received the following message:

The attempt to mount a file system with type vfat in SCSI1 (0,0,0), partition #2 (sda) at /boot/efi failed.  

I created an EFI partition and a normal linux partition on a USB disk with the gdisk command. fdisk -l gave the following result for the disk:

Device       Start     End Sectors  Size Type  /dev/sdc1     2048 1050623 1048576  512M EFI System  /dev/sdc2  1050624 7831518 6780895  3.2G Linux filesystem  

I then tried to mount the EFI partition with mount /dev/sdc1 /test/, but got the following response:

mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdc1,         missing codepage or helper program, or other error           In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try         dmesg | tail or so.  

I also tried mount -t vfat /dev/sdc1 /test/, but received the same response. I then formatted the EFI partition with mkfs.vfat /dev/sdc1. I then tried to mount the EFI partition again with mount /dev/sdc1 /test/. It worked perfectly.

My conclusion is therefore that the Ubuntu Server installer needs the EFI partition to be formatted when it tries to mount it to /boot/efi.


Solution:3

it sounds like you are getting a read error on either the hard disk or the cd, if you are confident the hard drive is fine then you can try burning another dvd and if that does not work it means you probably have a bad hard disk. If you can rule out either of those please report the bug on launchpad


Solution:4

I reformatted my main partition as ext4.

Went into terminal with ctrl alt f1

Then formatted the partition

sudo mkfs -t ext4 /dev/sda2  

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