General :: Old Boot Dual Boot Drive In New PC?

Mar 28, 2010

Old Boot drive in new PC (XPPRO + Ubutnu) Run the XP repair BUT still have Error 21, used XP repair console to repair MBR still have problems.

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General :: Cloning Dual Boot Drive Onto Smaller One

May 28, 2010

I've decided that I want to use another, smaller, hard drive for my OS and I'd like to clone /dev/sda onto /dev/sdc. I want it to be an exact clone except my partition for my "/home" will be smaller (since there's not room for it). I was gonna try with dd but I'm not sure if I should build the partition table and use dd-command on one partition at the time? Will this then include GRUB boot loader and will it be working properly?

Do I have to clone the disk completely for it to boot properly? I'm not sure how or where GRUB places itself on disks as you install it. Can I perhaps copy the partitions one by one and then install GRUB from CD afterwards? Should I leave some unallocated space somewhere in between the partitions as I build and clone them?

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General :: Dual Boot Via Wubi / Dead CD Drive And USB Not Available

Feb 24, 2011

I have my old laptop TravelMate 2413NLMi 1GB RAM. My Cd drive works not well on most of the CDs. I don't know how it picks Win2K3 cd but in that also it gives problem. After some break it picks it up. Installed win 2K3 server successfully from CD Drive. That Cd is old and very good quality. Later I downloaded ubuntu iso 32 /64 both when I heard about dual boot via wubi. I wrote the ubuntu-10.10-desktop-i386 iso on 2 CDs with fastest and slowest speed both on my new laptop but that Cds not worked in the old laptop cd drive. Also my laptop not support USB as boot device in boot sequence. So USB install via usb creator cannot work. I also verified that Iso are fine by installing on someone else's desktop PC. Those cds work well there.

Back to my laptop: Then I copied all Cd content in a folder on desktop of Win2K3 with the help of my new laptop CD drive and usb drive I have. I run the Wubi on the desktop of Win2k3. It run successfully and in the end asked me to reboot. I rebooted. I got the 'Ubuntu' option on booting. I selected and came into it. After that ubuntu splash screen came and then following message displayed on screen

The Error:
mount: mounting /dev/loop1 on //filesystem.squashfs failed: Input/Output error

I got it this is due to the dead/faulty cd drive which ubuntu not able to mount. Now tell me how to install ubuntu further with the UI. Is there some special command to do this going in Grub pressing 'ESC' because the already specified modes have some commands on pressing 'e' there. Some way if I can use iso in that environment copying from USB. I need commands for that. I want to see ubuntu in action. I used lot of my bandwidth to download this iso files but still not able to see it in action.

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General :: HDD Setup For Dual Boot XP / Install On Slave Drive

Apr 23, 2010

Have older system, self-built around 2000 or so. My plan is to optimize the system for speed and utility, upgrade the OS from W2000 Pro to XP Pro, and include dual boot so as to install some version/distro (?) of Linux to learn on. Present system: X86 based (32 bit), using a P4, 1.8 GHz/400 MHz fsb, with 512mb of DDR RAM installed, can upgrade to 2 gigs total.Shuttle MV42 motherboard, including onboard video and sound (S3 Graphics ProSavage DDR P4M266/VIA 8751/8233 chipset, VIA AC'97 Audio Controller, 2.2 compliant)

If I should decide to use the available 160 gig drive as a dual boot system, in order to install both XP and some version of Linux, how should I set it up? How many partitions will XP and Linux need or work with best? How much space for each OS? What file systems? Should I format/partition it with the existing W2000 OS? What comes first, the chicken or the egg? (XP or Linux?) I have read somewhere that it matters which OS is installed first, due to boot records being overwritten by successive OS installs. I plan to keep W2000 on the first HDD at least until I move my files over to XP. Will I need to switch the master/slave designations after installing XP and Linux on the new drive, since I will want to boot from that drive?

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General :: Install Dual Boot Without Cd Drive Or Bootable USB On XP System?

Apr 16, 2011

My Toshiba Satellite 5205-S705 laptop with Win XP Home sp3 has a non-working cd drive, is riddled with viruses, and isn't capable of booting to a USB drive. (please no comments about paperweights etc., it's all I have!) I want to install a Linux dual-boot version that is heavy on antivirus scanning support. Since I can't boot to an .iso disk, is there any other way to do this? I can transfer files to it via USB thumbdrive or download via Internet.

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General :: Windows XP Failed To Boot In Dual Boot System?

Jul 5, 2011

The problem is this: I have a 320gb HDD splitted in 4 partitions. When I first installed Windows XP I formatted the HDD in 3 (Windows system partition, Media partition and another one I left for Linux). However Linux requires another partition for swap. Everything was just fine. One day Windows stopped working and I tried re-installing it. After the system was ready to start, Windows failed to boot with "NTLDR is missing" message. I tried to recover the Master boot record, even replaced NTLDR manually - nothing worked. I read that in order a HDD to be partitioned in more than 3 parts the so called "extended" partitions must be created. I think this may cause the problem but I don't want to wipe out everything (I have more than 100 GB of books most of which are not available anymore in the same locations I have downloaded them)

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General :: Lilo Can't Boot Win7 From Dual Boot?

Dec 15, 2010

I cannot boot into the Windows 7 partition, which I guess is /dev/sda1. I have Slackware installed on /dev/sda2 which boots fine, my /etc/lilo.conf looks like


/etc/# Start LILO global section compact


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General :: Messed UP Boot Order On Dual Boot

Jun 24, 2011

I am working on another's Dell Inspiron 530 with Vista 64-bit; see below:


wanting a dual-boot, 500GB hdd was formatted as above, Win Vista x64 Recovery CD was created, and antiX-M11 (as Swift Linux 0_1_1) installed. Now, at startup, machine boots to antiX and not Vista. User wants it the other way around. I think I should have reordered the partitions and not installed GRUB in MBR. EasyBCD is the preferred boot loader for User. This is a learning experience but due to time constraints and not being at my home where references are available, EasyBCD is on a USB stick -- should I boot to the Vista Recovery CD and then try to install EasyBCD to sda3 from it, uninstall antiX (but this will not fix the MBR problem, will it?), or edit fstab or what

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General :: PC Won't Boot After New Fedora/Win XP Dual Boot Install?

Sep 7, 2009

I have a PC with three HD's. My primary hard drive has a single partition and contains Win XP SP3. I have a second hard drive which I use to store junk (pictures, movies, etc). The third, 60GB HD, I just put into my PC and I wanted to install Fedora 11 onto it. I want to have a dual boot system with WinXP being the default boot. I downloaded the latest build of Fedora 11, created a LiveCD out of it and I tried to install the OS onto this third new hard drive. I installed the OS, I told it to use the entire third HD and to have a dual boot setup and make the WinXP OS be the default boot. The installation seemed to go without any problems. However, after restarting the PC, the PC stops booting right after the DELL screen. It gives me a cursor and that's it. It just sits there. I have tried redoing the install about 4 different times now and no matter how I change the different installation options, I get the same result. Now I can't even boot into XP even after I disconnect the third drive. I am guessing that the dual boot got screwed up; I just don't know how to fix it and more importantly, how to install Fedora, dual boot.

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Ubuntu :: Dual Boot With USB Drive

Dec 17, 2010

I recently installed another Linux on my USB drive. All works well and can boot into Ubuntu or PeppermeinOS. However, the system will not boot at all unless the USB is plugged in.

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Fedora Installation :: Dual Boot With MBR On First Drive With XP And F14 On Other

Dec 5, 2010

I am not smart enough to figure out how to install Fedora 14 correctly. I have an older computer with 2 20gb drives. On the first drive (sda) I have Windows XP, and on the 2nd drive (sdb) I am trying to install Fedora 14. The catch is that I would like to put Grub and the MBR on the first drive so that when the computer boots, it asks whether to load Windows XP or Fedora. I know I have done it with Fedora 13 in the past, but have forgotten how to do it. How to accomplish this in Anaconda for Fedora 14?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Dual Boot With XP - No CD Drive

Apr 26, 2010

I am currently using an Eee PC 1005HA with Ubuntu installed. I'd like to dual boot with Windows XP. How can I do this without a CD drive? I have an external hard drive that I used to install Ubuntu in the first place and a Windows XP install CD with key.

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Ubuntu :: 10.4 - Drive Encryption With Dual Boot

May 30, 2010

I have a DELL Latitude E6410 64bit with Core i5. My goal is to have my Windows 7 encrypted and my Ubuntu 10.4 unencrypted and to be able to boot them both. So here are the details. I installed windows 7 first. Then I installed Ubuntu and Grub was in the MBR. Then I started TrueCrypt 5 from Windows 7 and encrypted the system partition, not the whole drive! So the TrueCrypt loader overwrote the GRUB in the MBR. Now when I start my computer, I see the prompt for password from the TrueCrypt boot loader. If I enter my password, windows is loaded.

The other option at the beginning is to press Esc and that should offer me other boot loaders. Well, on my DELL there's this Recovery partition and it boots immediately. How I can integrate the Grub in the process. I know, that there are many howto-s on the internet about this problem, but I haven't found a solution for grub2 and windows 7! It is indeed different, because GRUB does not have menu.lst any more and Windows 7 does not have boot.ini!

Here some more info about my partitions:

/dev/sda1 fat16 DellUtility
/dev/sda2 ntfs RECOVERY
/dev/sda3 unknown
/dev/sda4 extended
- /dev/sda5 ext4 ubuntu
- /dev/sda6 linux-swap
Windows 7 in installed on /dev/sda3 and is encrypted, that's why the file system is unknown.
Ubuntu 10.4 is installed on /dev/sda5

I know of three options to deal with the problem:

Solution 1
Install GRUB to the PBR (partition boot record) of the linux partition - that's /dev/sda5 in my case. Then, it should be possible to load GRUB when you press Esc in the TrueCrypt boot loader.

solution 2
Make Windows load Linux. Copy the PBR of the linux partiotion to a file and copy the file to windows. Then add an entry in the windows loader to include the linux loader file.

solution 3
Make GRUB load TrueCrypt's boot loader. Make a backup of the MBR (containing the TrueCrypt's loader). Add Truecrypt's MBR as a chain boot loader in GRUB. Finally, rewrite the MBR using this new GRUB.

I did install GRUB to my PBR with
from the live CD:
first mount /dev/sda5 to /media/ubuntu
sudo grub-install --root-directory=/media/ubuntu /dev/sda5

I also tried with
from inside ubuntu:
> grub
grub> find /boot/grub/stage1
grub> root (hd0,4)
grub> setup (hd0,4)
grub> quit

After one of these, I am able to boot my ubuntu after restart. But then I reboot and load windows, reboot once again and press Esc in order to try to boot ubuntu again, and then I don't see the grub loader list, but the "grub> " shell prompt instead! I thought that I will be able to see the grub loader also after many restarts, not just the first time. Why this configuration "breaks" after 1-2 reboots? Maybe the problem is that my ubuntu is on an extended partition (sda4)?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Dual Boot On 80 Gig Drive?

May 18, 2011

I have my computer set up with 2 40 GB drives (IDE) and 1 500 GB(SATA). One 40 GB drive for Windows XP, 1 40 for Ubuntu and the 500 GB for storage for both (formatted NTFS).

I am building a computer for my wife and want to use 1 80 GB IDE drive instead of 2 40s and a 320 GB IDE for storage (the storage drive is irrelevant to my issue). These are all parts I have laying around. I installed XP and partitioned the 80 gig into 2 40 gig partitions during the installation.

When I go to install ubuntu, it shows me all the partitions of both drives but gives me no option (other than manual) for using the 2nd half of the 80 gig for installation.

I need to know how to set it up manually. It gives me a slider to divide the 2nd half of the 80 GB drive into 2, but I don't know what size to make them. Also when I look at my 40 GB drive from my computer it show 3 divisions: "39 GB ext4", "ext 1.7 GB" and "1.7 GB swap space".

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Fedora Installation :: How To Setup New Drive For Dual Boot

Jan 24, 2009

I just got a 1.5 tb I want to do a dual boot fedora 10 and vista. I don't have vista now. Can I install fedora 10 on a 200 gig partition and install vista on the rest when I buy it later?

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Fedora :: Dual Boot Single Hard Drive Off USB

Oct 5, 2010

I currently have Windows 7 installed on my laptop and I would like to dual boot w/ Fedora on the same hdd.I have two NTSF partitions, I shrunk my D drive 50GB for ext4 & swap.I've tried both liveusb-created & unetbootin to create a bootable USB to install Fedora.Anaconda starts up and I get through most of the install configuration, I set up GRUB & the partitions. Once I proceed to the next screen I get missing ISO image 9660 error My laptop doesn't have a DVD drive. It seems like a lot of people are getting this error, but I have found no concrete solution though.

How do I put the image on the drive? Windows can't read ext4 and I haven't been able to find a program that can.I have a USB to SATA adapter that I could hook up a DVD-ROM drive too, but I don't know if fedora will pick up on it.

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OpenSUSE Install :: Need To Remove 11.1 Only From Dual Boot Drive

Mar 15, 2010

I have a laptop with a small (dual boot) hard drive. It is a dual boot with Windows XP and Open Suse 11.1. I want to remove Suse Linux but keep the Windows side. I need to keep that Windows drive just the way it is. I have OpenSUSE 11.2 installed in another laptop and want to keep them separate. I don't want to damage the proprietary program on the windows side. My challenge is I do not have aa Windows install CD, I do have the recovery disk that came with the Laptop, but this DOES NOT include the Proprietary program I want to keep. Is there a way to remove Linux from this dual boot drive without erasing Windows?

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OpenSUSE Install :: How To Setup Two Drive Dual Boot With XP

Apr 3, 2010

I've been wanting to start using Linux for years now and after doing some research on which distro to use, I've decided to give it a try with openSUSE and ordered a DVD copy from Novel last night. Needless to say, I'm a newbie to Linux. I'm building a new computer with two identical hard drives and I'd like to install openSUSE and XP on them and hence make a dual boot system. This is also going to be my first time setting up a dual boot. So, while I'm waiting for the openSUSE DVD to arrive, how to actually set it all up?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Dual Boot On An Old Ibook G4 On A Ext Fw Drive?

Mar 30, 2010

I'm running into some difficulties installing Ubuntu on an old mac ibook G4 I was given. sepcs are fine (1. something Ghz processor, 700mb RAM)--yet the internal drive and CD player are dead. I installed MAC OS 10.4 PPC on a firewiredrive and boot from there. But how can I install Ubuntu ? I understood that I need to use the non supported PPC version which I downloaded and have burned a CD of. I have an external CD player which works. The Cd's appears in the firewire mac os, and the external FW disk still has 200 Gigs free.I plan to let the instaler choose this freespace to create the partitions, but how do I get to the installer ?

When i boot with the CD in the drive and press C, nothing happens. when I press options / alt, ubuntu the ubuntu install CD doesn't show up I've read that I must use open firmware, and found some key combination, but this doesn't change anything (command, option O F). I have Gparted if the 200gig partition needs to be repartitioned. I'm trying to install Ubuntu as a dual boot on this old ibook G4

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Ubuntu Installation :: Dual Boot Xp With An External Drive?

Jun 30, 2010

The thing is i want to have windows xp on my internal drive and ubuntu on the external. Not very hard but i want it so that i can choose what to boot when i start my computer and i also want to store other things then ubuntu on my external drive so i can use it in xp also

The reason i want ubuntu for is to use it while watching movies or chatting osv and use xp for games and my animation programs since they tend to be quite hard to get to work on ubuntu.

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Ubuntu :: Win7 - Dual Boot Drive Presence

Jan 3, 2011

Win-7 Ubuntu Dual Boot, Drive Presence Issue I recently built up a new computer and set it up for dual-boot with Win7 and Ubuntu. Initially I had some issues with the boot management but I discovered that GRUB works well and Paragon's Partition Manager does not. I reloaded Ubuntu using GRUB and got the system working exactly as I would like it to. Several weeks later I volunteered to assist my brother-in-law's family with getting their Unbutu system working properly with a new Brother MFC295CN printer. I brought the printer home so that I could work with it on my system.

I did get the printer to work correctly but in the process I had to reload Ubuntu because I made a few mistakes on my way to success. When I reloaded Ubuntu, I accidentally loaded it onto my system's second drive, drive F. Before, I had Ubuntu in a partition on drive C. Ubuntu works from the F drive and GRUB allows me to boot either Win 7 or Ubuntu, as desired. I will note that the earlier version of Ubuntu on drive C has been removed although the partition is still there. GRUB shows entries for this second copy of Ubuntu along with Win 7 and the entry for the functioning Ubuntu OS.

Here's where I am getting into trouble. Initially, everything looked fine. Win 7 worked, Ubuntu worked. Then, after a reboot to Win7, I noticed that my F drive was missing. I searched all around the system controls, tried loading new hardware, etc, etc, but the drive did not show up anywhere. Rebooting into Ubuntu showed that the drive was in fact still there and all the date in the large data partition was still there. Using Ubuntu's partition manager I discovered that the data partition was not enabled. I enabled the partition and rebooted back into Win7. No go.

The F drive was not present. My next step was to try Paragon's Partition Manager software, which I have a paid-for copy of. It would not see the F drive either. Using the Paragon recovery disk I had made earlier with the Paragon software, I restarted the system. The recovery software saw both drives correctly and the partitions were set up correctly. I ran the boot corrector software but I did not mess around too much as earlier experience had indicated that some of the Paragon features do not work well with Ubuntu. I shut down and rebooted into Win7. Success! The F drive was there.

But later, when I restarted the system the F drive was gone again. I tried a few things then rebooted using the recovery disk again. As before, on the next restart the F drive was present. I didn't take the time to reboot the system twenty times, but it seems apparent that something in the boot records is preventing Win7 from seeing the F drive correctly unless I boot from the Paragon recovery disk and then boot Win7.

No knowing a lot about what goes into a boot record and how either GRUB or boot.ini manage things, I am at a loss as to why I'm seeing this inconsistency with the F drive. A probable solution would be to remove both the second (old Ubuntu) partition on the C drive and the Ubuntu partion on the F drive and reload Unbutu all over. This would put me back to where I was in the beginning. However, this seems a bit inelegant as all the other attributes of the system are working well, is there a better way to address the problem?

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Ubuntu Installation :: Second Hard Drive Cant Dual Boot

Jan 12, 2011

i installed Ubuntu 10.10 on our second hard drive, and i cant dual boot it. it is set as slave, so should i set it to master, or do i need to hit a key @ initial boot. ive gotten a list that shows vista on it, which is on C: , but not ubuntu, which is on F:.

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Jul 3, 2011

I currently have a 160GB hhd running Ubuntu 11.04 and Windows XP, with the following partition configuration:

sda1 Windows NTFS (primary-active and boot and system)
sda5 Linux Swap (logical)
sda6 Linux Ubuntu ext3 (root)
sda7 Linux Ubuntu ext3 (home)
sda2 other

I have Grub2 installed, which provides me the choice at boot to start either Ubuntu or XP. This currently works fine.

I want to clone this hhd and transfer to a new, larger hhd, and have several questions, since I don't want to make a mistake with something so crtical. 1) Which software is generally considered the safest, most reliable and easiest to use (dd, Gddrescue, Clonezilla, Paragon, Macrum Reflect, Easeus, Drive Image XML, or something else)?

2) Which software will be able to copy and include both operating systems in the partitions to be cloned?

3) Will that software change the booting process or options in the cloned copy in any way? I've read where using Easeus corrupts Grub2 and thus requires re-installing Grub2!

Are there any other concerns, considerations or factors I need to consider in cloning the hhd; e.g. prior formatting an external hhd, and with what file system? I've also read where FAT32 would be the choice, but don't really know for sure.

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General :: Grub Boot Loader With Puppy - Cannot Boot From My Hard Drive

Nov 1, 2010

I'm trying out puppy linux, as I have an old system, and the new Ubuntus do not work on it.

Anyway,I cannot boot from my hard drive but only from the floppy.I'm just not too keen on always booting from the floppy.

Here is the file:

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Feb 1, 2009

After going back & forth between win7b & F10 installs, I can't get both to live on the same hard disk for dual booting anymore. win7 complains about fedora's GPT disk being unacceptable for installation. win7 blows away fedora's GPT partitions when it installs. Fedora doesn't recognize win7 partitions when it installs. I can't specify exact partition boundaries with windows even if I know what they are, and I can't seem to find any info how to do it in parted either. I have win7 installed in partition 3 in a known location on disk, but if I reinstall f10 (again), it's going to blow away the win7 boot data on the disk. How do I tell grub where to find the chainloader thingy? Can that still even be used? win7 no longer uses ntldr, and I haven't found an updated procedure for this new boot method.

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Fedora :: Convert A Windows System To Dual-boot On A Second Drive?

Aug 31, 2010

I'm trying to get a dual boot system. [URL] So i'm just following it. But but when i try to load Linux from the NTLDR i just get this error: BootPart 2.60 Bootsector (c) 1993-2005 Gilles Vollant [URL] Loading new partition Bootsector from C.H. Cannot load from harddisk. Insert Systemdisk and press any key.

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Ubuntu :: 10.4 - Reduced Hard Drive With Dual Boot In Wubi

Sep 1, 2010

I have ubuntu 10.4 installed in xp. Ubuntu tells me I have 50 gigs HD space yet the folder tells me I only have 700 mgs and I am getting a warning of not enough space on the computer. My question is. Is this due to windows claiming the space and not allowing enough to be used by ubuntu? If I delete windows and make this computer all linux will that help?

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Apr 3, 2011

I have a dual boot laptop Ubuntu 10.10 + Windows XP. When browsing my Windows C Drive in Ubuntu I decided to create a share to the windows "my documents" folder. The problem is that the windows drive is not automatically mounted at launch of ubuntu and as a result I get the following errors:

Could not find "/media/14F0AD48F0AD30C2/Documents and Settings/Lucas Redding"
and a search box is launched (See Attached Image).
I have tried to look at the Samba and Nautilus settings but I am unable to find any that automatically mount the windows drive.

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Jan 8, 2011

I have a pre-existing setup with Windows XP Professional and CentOS5.5 on a dual boot setup with the Linux drive setup as the primary drive hosting the grub menu.

I am replacing these machines with new updated ones and they have windows setup on a RAID0. I think it would be easiest to follow my previous setup and move the RAID to secondary SATA ports and put the linux drive on the primary SATA port, or should I just change the boot order in the BIOS to have the secondary linux drive boot first?

can I move a RAID setup to secondary controller ports without breaking the RAID?

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Debian Installation :: Dual Boot UEFI - Grub Not Recognizing Drive

Mar 24, 2015

I've set up a dual boot system with Debian and Windows 8, both installed on their own drive, with their own boot partition. I installed eveything in UEFI-Mode with fast- and secure boot turned off. Both installations are working, as I can access them by changing the boot priority in the Bios. What I cannot achieve is to let grub boot my windows installation.

This is the output of parted -l:

Code: Select allModel: ATA Samsung SSD 840 (scsi)
Disk /dev/sda: 128GB
Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
Partition Table: gpt

Number  Start   End    Size    File system     Name  Flags
 1      1049kB  512MB  511MB   fat32                 boot
 2      512MB   111GB  111GB   ext4
 3      111GB   128GB  17,0GB  linux-swap(v1)

[Code] .... 

As you can see, my linux install is on sda, my windows install on sdc (sdb beeing a data disk). This is the entry I made in the 40_custom file in etc/grub.d:

Code: Select allmenuentry "Windows 8.1" {
insmod part_gpt
insmod chain
set root='(hd2,gpt2)'
chainloader /EFI/Microsoft/Boot/bootmgfw.efi

I think this should be fine, but if I choose the windows entry wehen grub is booting, it says: error: no such partition. It's my first debian installation, and I am stuck here. Not too much of Linux experience in general.

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