Re-install GRUB on Proxmox


I have another article on setting up Proxmox and ZFS. Please see it for an introduction.

There is currently a bug (in my opinion) where Proxmox always installs GRUB on the MBR of the first active disk. In my case it was the SSD which I in turn, had made the l2ARC for my ZFS pool (which happened to destroy the boot loader).

Reinstall Grub

Boot into a Linux distribution that is 64 bit (We need the same architecture as Proxmox so we can chroot into it)

Proxmox sets up two Primary partitions, one primary partition with an ext filesystem for /boot and the other, an LVM primary partition on the install medium.

First We need to activate LVM and mount the the root partition that is inside the LVM container.

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sudo vgscan

sudo vgchange -ay


Now create some mount points that are applicable for you (it could be off /mnt or /media in your distro or wherever you would like) and mount all file-systems (virtual too).


The LVM device nodes will be located under /dev/pve.

Please check the location of the device you want to restore grub onto and mount /boot from. In my case it is /dev/sdc which is a spare USB flash disk. You can also reference it via /dev/disk/by-id or /dev/disk/by-uuid.

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sudo mkdir /media/USB

sudo mount /dev/pve/root /media/USB/

sudo mount /dev/sdc1 /media/USB/boot

sudo mount -t proc proc /media/USB/proc

sudo mount -t sysfs sys /media/USB/sys

sudo mount -o bind /dev /media/USB/dev

sudo mount -t devpts pts /media/USB/pts/


Now its time to chroot into the system

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chroot /media/USB


Finally, re-install Grub

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/sbin/grub-setup /dev/sdc


You should receive no error messages. Now it’s time to reboot that flash disk and you are back in business 🙂