So I just cloned a Centos7 "everything install" VM to a physical disk using VMWare Workstation and Clonezilla using the instructions here:

Now, when the clone (physical disk) boots up, it drops into the command line with this:

dracut-initqueue[417]: Warning: Could not boot. dracut-initqueue[417]:
Warning: /dev/disk/by-uuid/4b8b5627-9027-46f7-b722-61d3ddd28e74 does
not exist Starting dracut emergency shell...

What I've tried:

  • I checked /etc/fstab and the proper UUIDs are there, including the one above.
  • Tried booting into USB rescue mode, chroot /mnt/sysimage , and:

    mv /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r)-oh_crud.img 

    and then

    dracut /boot/initramfs-$(uname -r).img $(uname -r) 

    ...but I get this:

    cat: write error: Broken pipe

Additional notes:

  • When I enter:


    I see the HD in question showing up as both /dev/block and /dev/sdb`

  • I tried:

    lshw -class disk

    but it says "command not found".

  • The rescue shell is mounting my disk in /mnt/sysimage and all my files are there, so it appears it is seeing and mounting the HD.

  • mikeserv- I don't understand. The UUID for the disk shown by "blkid" matches what is in /etc/fstab. What do you suggest I change the UUID to?
    – Are Vee
    Feb 9, 2015 at 16:41
  • mikeserv- the source disk (the disk that was cloned) is a VM and does not exist on this machine, so why would there be a UUID conflict?
    – Are Vee
    Feb 9, 2015 at 16:46
  • mikeserv- gotchya. BIOS on both.
    – Are Vee
    Feb 9, 2015 at 17:15
  • Well, I'm out of ideas. Sorry. The best suggesttion I can make is rebuilding initramfs on the baremetal clone with dracut.
    – mikeserv
    Feb 9, 2015 at 17:21
  • 2
    I would guess you actually are missing a kernel module, so the hardware isn't showing. Do you have any disks showing up in your rescue shell? Are there any other error messages, further up?
    – derobert
    Feb 9, 2015 at 17:54

1 Answer 1


I had a similar issue and found that running uname -r didn't return the correct kernel version under rescue mode that I was using normally.

I had to check what initramfs file grub was trying to boot from by pressing e at the grub boot screen and then once in rescue mode do something like this -

cd /boot
initramfs -f initramfs-3.10.0-327.4.4.el7.x86_64.img 3.10.0-327.4.4.el7.x86_64

uname -r in my case was just returning "3.10.0-327.el7.x86_64" which wasn't the kernel version I was trying to load from grub (3.10.0-327.4.4).

I wonder if your lack of the -f switch or a mismatch of the kernel versions used by rescue mode and normal mode may be your issue here

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