Ubuntu Installation :: Disk Error On /boot With Dual Boot On Dual Disk

Dec 30, 2010

I have a (slightly complicated) dual/multi boot system.

I keep getting boot errors (when choosing ubuntu from the grub2 menu)

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Serious errors were found while checking the disk drive for /boot

If I switch off and restart, ubuntu will then start without issue.

My setup is like this ....3 disks, one with 10.10 clean install - so Grub2, separate partitions for /, /boot and /home, one with windows 7, one with windows XP and 10.04 wubi (this is my old disk which I will trash once I'm happy with my upgrade to 10.10 & 7 on separate disks.

I installed 7 and 10.10 with ONLY their disks installed. After both were working, I added all disks and rejigged the grub2 menu (using update-grub and StartUp-Manager).

This problem only seems to occur if my previous boot was not 10.10 ( I will investigate this further). It's as if something (grub2 ?, the bios ?) is remembering part of the previous boot and not using the grub2 menu completely.

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After grub reinstall, I am able to boot Ubuntu, also I can mount the windows partition properly. Trying to boot into Windows, I get the error:

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It's all on one hard drive which doesn't show any errors:

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As I mentioned earlier, I am able to mount sda1. I think the problem is that the Partition Boot Sector is corrupted, even though I am not sure if the ntfs partition is damaged at all or if GRUB is the problem.

As I said I had problems with a kernel update and therefore had to reinstall GRUB. I think, but I am not sure, that I accidentally installed GRUB on sda1 (the windows partition) instead of on sda. After I installed GRUB on sda again, I was able to boot linux and fixed sda1 with testdisk. Before, sda1 showed as four partitions (sda1p1, ... , sda1p4). I was not able to mount sda1 till I fixed it with testdisk. testdisk says the Boot Sector of sda1 is OK, so does ntfsfix.

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The Windows XP entry is added by myself. I don't know much about grub, so there might be the error.

I tried to keep it as short as possible (this is only the end of the story), I hope I didn't forget anything important. Please ask if there is something not clear.

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There are a total of 2 entries listed in the Vista Bootloader.
Bootloader Timeout: 30 seconds.
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Entry #1
Name: Microsoft Windows Vista
BCD ID: {current}
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Windows Directory: Windows

Entry #2
Name: Linux Mint 7
BCD ID: {default}
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Windows Boot Manager
identifier {9dea862c-5cdd-4e70-acc1-f32b344d4795}
device partition=C:
description Windows Boot Manager
locale en-US
inherit {7ea2e1ac-2e61-4728-aaa3-896d9d0a9f0e}
default {bbf9569e-31e5-11df-a844-91f7867d7949}
resumeobject {3fb6bf64-700d-11db-8409-0016d303c867}
displayorder {3fb6bf63-700d-11db-8409-0016d303c867}
{bbf9569e-31e5-11df-a844-91f7867d7949}
toolsdisplayorder {b2721d73-1db4-4c62-bf78-c548a880142d}
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Windows Boot Loader
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device partition=C:
path Windowssystem32winload.exe
description Microsoft Windows Vista
locale en-US
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recoverysequence {572bcd55-ffa7-11d9-aae2-0007e994107d}
recoveryenabled Yes
osdevice partition=C:
systemroot Windows
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nx OptIn

Real-mode Boot Sector
identifier {bbf9569e-31e5-11df-a844-91f7867d7949}
device partition=C:
path NST
st_grub.mbr
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