Ubuntu Installation :: Dual Boot Problems With X2 Sata Drives?
Apr 14, 2011
I have recently built a new system which has two internal sata drives. The plan was to install windows 7 one drive and ubuntu 10.10 on the second drive for KVM hosts. I started with the windows install which completed, then I went forward and installed ubuntu 10.10 64bit to my second drive (sdb). During the installation I chose to manually partition my drive. i partitoned the drive (sdb) as follows
I then selected sdb to hold the boot record, as it was set by default to sda (my windows drive). The OS installed fine. I then went to reboot my system so go back into windows, by selecting the first drive in the bios. Once selected the system keeps booting into Ubuntu, no matter which drive I select. Now I checked the grub.cfg file and i see all references to hd1 there is no reference for windows found. I then proceeded to do 'sudo update grub2' this did not pickup any reference to my windows droive to add to the grub menu. When i select the ubuntu drive to boot fom my bios, i get no grub menu appaer it just boots quite happily into ubuntu. Can anyone please provide any resoloution to this, I can provide additonal outputs regarding my partion tables etc. later this evening when I get back from work.
I have the following PC set up: Dell 8400 with 3 GB of RAM with 3 160 GB SATA drives: The first one has Windows XP installed on it. The second one has been newly formatted and Ubuntu 10.04 has just been installed on it (20 GB / and 6 GB swap) with grub being installed on the first partition and not the master boot record. The remainder will be for storage for Windows. The third drive is simply storage for Windows.
At this point I am able to boot XP just fine, but I'm not able to boot Linux. I just getting a blinking cursor or the PC just reboots when I choose Linux. I believe I have set up my boot.ini properly using: C:Bootsectc.lnx="Linux Ubuntu" After running dd if=/dev/sdc1 of=bootsect.lnx bs=512 count=1 and putting that file in place.
For reference, I don't believe this is a Linux problem, as much as I am simply trying to guide the ntldr to be properly pointed to a place where it can boot Linux. When I go into the bios and disable the first and the third hard drives, grub pops right up and I'm able to boot Linux with no problem, so that piece is fine. I think it's just now trying to get the correct syntax so I can boot Linux without having to disable drives and reenable them.
For kicks I even tried these syntax types in boot.ini: multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(1)partition(1)="Linux11" (i.e. 2nd disk, 1st partition ...etc...)
I read many troubleshooting documents on dual booting and so forth but I just can't get this right. For reference, I stated the way XP views my Hard Drives in the intro, which seem to be a different order than Linux sees them, yet I believe I've tried all the combos of settings for this to work (yet clearly have not). I have attached the output of boot_info_script*.sh here: [URL]. Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010 ..... Devices which don't seem to have a corresponding hard drive.
recently sent up another computer as follows:Two sata drives. Windows 7 was installed on the first drive(sda)and booted successfully. This drive was disconnected ( I have had some installs where Unbuntu wipes out the existing C drive eventhough I am installing to D) and Ubuntu was installed to the second drive (sdb). At one point I had to rebuild the grup on the Ubuntu drive and was careful to make it installed on the Ubuntu drive. To my surprise when the PC booted up I saw the Grub menu with a menu entry for Windows. The Windows drive was always the primary drive before the Ubuntu install. I was planning on the Windows drive being the boot drive and using a boot manager to determine where to go from there. If I utilize the BIOS boot option (F12) I can boot each drive individually. I cannot in BIOS set a particular drive to boot - just a hard drive. Everything is working I am just curious why the primary drive does not boot first. IN BIOS the Windows drive is a primary SATA with a lower number that the Ubuntu drive which is listed as a secondary drive.
I would like to install Ubuntu 10.04 on my new 1 TB hard drive. I currently have Windows XP installed on a 160 GB hard drive for things that I cannot do on Ubuntu. I would like to know if it's possible to install the other hard drive, and then dual boot Windows with it? Effectively dual booting across two hard drives. I wouldn't care if GRUB replaces the standard Windows bootloader, just as long as I can choose between the two at startup
I have Ubuntu 11.04 on 1TB HDD and Win 7 on another 1TB HDD. Right now I have to unplug a SATA cable to get to boot into one or the other. What is the best way to be able to pick. I don't care which OS I do it in or which is the primary, if there has to be one. I have an MSI mobo.
I've been using ubuntu exclusively on my two laptops lately, for coding and all of my other work. I plan on installing it onto my desktop now for work as well, but I would like to retain Windows 7 so I don't have to worry about compatibility for all of the games I love to play. My question is this:When setting up my partitions, how much space (and what format) should I set aside for windows to write and read games from? I have a 500GB hard drive currently, and was planning the partitions as:
1. Windows 7 (NTFS, setup with Windows installer) ~20 GB 2. File Storage (NTFS, set up with the Ubuntu install partitioner) ~452 GB 3. Ubuntu (EXT3, set up with Ubuntu install partitioner) ~ 20 GB 4. Swap (~2x the size of my RAM) ~ 8GB
The plan is to have Windows install and execute games from the NTFS File Storage partition, while being able to access the same partition from Ubuntu for my documents, code files, music, etc.I don't know if this would work, and I'm also not sure what my file system will be like (windows or linux-y?) if it did. Will this work? Or is there a more elegant solution?
I am trying to install ubuntu 10.10 and windows 7 on my hard drive. I want to install both the OS on seperate drives. can anyone tell how to do it? I know that there are screenshots on ubunutu site itself but i am new to ubuntu and I am unable to follow instructions.
I first installed ubuntu 10.10 in dec 2010 using my ubuntu dvd. Now I am reinstalling it again but the setup screens have changed? hows that possible? i mean its the same disk. does anyone know why? or am i drunk.
Is it possible to create a dual boot system from two separate disk drives each having been created as a single boot computer? I have an 80gb disk drive with Windows XP installed on it. I have a 160gb disk drive with Ubuntu 11 installed on it.
I have installed the Windows disk drive as drive 0 and the Ubuntu disk drive as drive 1 in my computer. Each disk drive was set with cable select pin settings. The computer boots to windows. If at all possible, how would I go about setting up the system to dual boot to both windows and Ubuntu? I have attached screen shots of part -l, gparted 80gb disk and gparted 160gb disk.
I'm a n00b at dual booting and I plan on installing Ubuntu 10.04 on a separate hard drive than my Windows 7 64 bit one in a dual boot situation. I have read that you can do this by unplugging the Windows hard drive, install Ubuntu on the other one, and than plug the Windows hard drive back in and everything will be fine and dandy. Is this correct? If it is, will I have to manually set the Primary and Secondary drive (in the BIOS I think?), or will it automatically do that.
I've been trying to properly install grub for the past 3 days and failing every time.I recently bought a new computer and would like to dual boot Windows 7 64 and Natty. On my previous machines, ubuntu installer has automatically detected windows. It does not do so on this machine.I have three hard drives: 2 ssd's and a single 3 tb drive for storage.
I would like one ssd for windows 7 and one for natty.Currently, I am able to boot into both OS's but only by altering the boot sequence of the drives from the bios. I am hesitant to install grub to the windows drive for fear I will lose the ability to boot into windows. I did this early in the discovery process and ended up having to reinstall windows.
I've used it once before but got fed up with the boot asking me everytime I turned my laptop on because I wasn't using it enough. I have Windows 7 on drive C . I want to keep it on drive C. I have several 1.5TB+ drives, and one of them is not being used. I want to dedicate it to Ubuntu, and be able to do a dual boot with my Windows 7 install. Is this possible? If it is, what about when this drive is not connected to my laptop? Will that mess up the boot process?
I need a suggestion on setting up a dual boot menu for my setup. I have two hard drives one with WinXP and a second one with CentOS 5.3 installed. I basically moved the hard drive from another identical machine to this one and so I want to setup a boot menu to access either windows or Linux. CentOS already has grub on it.
What is the simplest method of setting up the dual boot menu? I would like something which is easy to administer which I can just ghost over either the Linux drive or Windows drive or disconnect either and have either boot just fine. I don't ask for much do I?
If I have to go through a little process after ghosting over one or the other drives that would probably be ok. We get updated images for this machine and replace the image on the drives with new images, although Linux shouldn't be reimaged, just windows. So the Linux drive (2nd drive) should not be touched normally.
I am running the 126.96.36.199 kernel on a RedHat 5.3 X64 bit OS. I am booting off a USB compact flash. When I put two hard drives in a test system the OS does not allow me to access either, however if I have one hard drive inserted I am able to mount the hard drive fine. Extremely strange. When both hard drives are inserted dmesg reports a sde and sdf, it just will not let me access them. I am not sure if this is a hardware issue or OS.
fdisk /dev/sde says unable to open. smartctl -i /dev/sde says NO Medium found. When I boot with only one inserted i am able fdisk. mount, etc... /dev/sde just fine. The USB controller has 5 slots to insert various media, but I am just using it for its compact flash slot.Why will the system play nice with one hard drive and not with two?
My system won't boot unless I have 2 sata drives. It doesn't matter what's on the second one. It even boots if the second "disk" is a powered sata to IDE adapter attached to an unpowered IDE drive.If I don't have the second drive I get this when I try to boot:
Alert! /dev/disk/by-uuid/ ...<your UUID>.... does not exist,I don't see anything that seems odd to me in my /etc/fstab file.
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# # Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
# for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
# devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5). # # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass> proc /proc proc nodev,noexec,nosuid 0 0[code]....
I've done the whole use a live disk, chroot into my system and reinstall the kernel to no avail. uname -r gives -- 2.6.32-28-generic
i'm tying to dual boot Vista64 (already installed) and Fedora 10 x86_64. I am running a Dell XPS 410 running 2 sata hard drives raid 0 (ICH8DH). I started the process by shrinking my C drive on disk0 leaving 64.45GB of unallocated space. Next I rebooted into Fedora install DVD and when i get to blue graphical install screen i get message asking if my drive is GPT and if it is it may be corrupted. I click NO, and it comes up with a message telling me i have to initialize my drive if i want to use it ( have to click NO twice) and if i do it i will lose all my data.
i can click no and keep proceding through the install until i get to the partition setup screen. No hard drives or partitions are shown. I've tried googling the problem and get bits of pieces of information scattered in different parts but nothing conclusive to my problem i think. As far as my background of knowledge goes, I'm new to the linux community but give me a thorough guide and i'll do fine (i hope). I've been using fedora on a separate laptop for 2 days now .
Just what the title says ... I'm trying to install Ubuntu 10.10 and it does not detect either 300G SATA drive in my system. One of them is /home for my non-OS software and the other is used for data storage.
It does detect the drive (SDC) where I have 9.04 installed, but /home is on one of the SATA drives. Where to start? 9.04 works just fine, but I'm running tio problems with FLASH web sites insisting I have to upgrade Flash and Adobe doesn't have anything for 9.04.
I have a 500gig SATA drive and a 320gig IDE drive installed in an HP a6700y/9150e 1.8GHz Quad, 4 gig ram... The Fedora installer only sees the 500g SATA drive, and not the 320g IDE drive where I want to install Fedora. Now I know that I can't always get what I want, but in this case I am not willing to mess with the working Vista installation just to get Fedora installed.
Vista BTW sees the 320 just fine. I am clueless as to where to begin with this. I gave up in Fedora with my Celeron based machine because of speed issues.... But this new box should have more than enough horsepower to run F!
I'm trying to install 10.04b2 x64 on my new rig and for some reason the live cd can't detect both of my 1TB Sata 3 drives. There is no Raid and the bios has them flagged as IDE. I have also tried adding pci=nomsi to the boot string to no avail.
I am attempting to install F11 from full media onto Abit IP35 Pro m/b connected to two (unitilized) Seagate 300GB SATA drives (7200.9) and attempting to create a software RAID1 setup as I have in FC8. I am using the graphical setup (as I have in other releases.) However, the ONLY "drive" shown when creating a RAID partion is /dev/mapper/nvidia_jhhdfjhf with free space of 286165 MB. There is not /dev/sda0, /dev/sda1 drives that I would have expected to see.
NOTE: All BIOS options for SATA are set to "IDE", not RAID or AHCI. The Seagate Seatools software sees both SATA drives and all tests are successful. What now? It seems like this is a major step backwards from F10. It does not seem mere mortals can install with RAID1 on this motherboard.
I had Xp installed and then installed Ubuntu on a second hard drive. Only Ubuntu will boot now. Here are the results from Boot info Script 5.5
Boot Info Script 0.55 dated February 15th, 2010 ============================= Boot Info Summary: ============================== => Grub 2 is installed in the MBR of /dev/sda and looks on the same drive in partition #1 for (,msdos1)/boot/grub.
I have two drives one is a 500 gig SATA drive running Vista SP 2 now the other Maxtor 160 Gig drive is empty. I would like to install Ubuntu on that drive. Now I just though of installing from the setup however would this screw up my Vista partition ?
There is a FC4 Server with A8V-MX mobo currently running 2x WD500 SATA drives in RAID1 with a third WD500 SATA drive for data backup. This machine has been running 24/7 since January 2007.The plan is to replace the WD500s with WD 2TB SATA II drives in a similar setup as above. i.e. 2 drives in RAID1 and the third drive for data backup.Definitely looking to do a clean Fedora 14 install on the 2TB but have some questions.
1. Will Fedora 14 detect the VT8251 connected SATA drives? 2. If not, how do I get drivers so it will? (I have the mobo CD with makedisk, but prob for windows)
I already have the 14 x86-64 DVD ready to go, but I am not yet at the site.the BIOS settings are: SATA, RAID or AHCI.
I have a Dell Dimension 3000, pretty boring. I've got 3 hard drives installed. One drive (C) has XP loaded onto it, one drive has Fedora 13, and one drive has all of my media and photography work on it.
I installed Fedora to play around with Linux, but now after a while, I've decided that I want to use it as my default OS. I haven't booted into Windows in who knows how long. The problem is, that when I boot the computer, it defaults to XP. The only way to get into Fedora is to press F12 at the proper time to select which drive I want to boot from. This is a hassle at times, because I have a tendency to forget and not hit F12 quick enough and have to start over.
Unfortunately, I'm not sure which bootloader I'm using, however I believe it is the XP boot.ini file, if I'm explaining this right. I tried modifying the boot.ini file in XP, but it seems as though the instructions I got are only when the two OS' are on the same drive in different partitions.
Want to make linux default OS in a dual boot system on 2 seperate hard drives
We're trying to replace XP with a XP/Ubuntu dual boot on a bunch of old desktops (P4, 512MB RAM) and IDE drives. Unfortunately I'm not old enough for experience with IDE drives and the whole master/slave thing
I do not want to install Ubuntu on same disk as XP and use GRUB because the transition needs to be seamless with as little margin for error as possible and enabling the users to boot into either OS on a separate disk So I've decided to plug in another old IDE HDD into each desktop and install Ubuntu on that. Each desktop is equipped with a Cable Select cable with clear Master and Slave labelling.
So what should I do w/ regards to the Jumper settings? What about bootloader? Should it go into the slave Ubuntu disk? Can Ubuntu be made master and then offload the booting to XP through GRUB somehow (whilst leaving XP's disks untouched)?
I have Windows XP installed. And I also plan to install CentOS 5.4.I have two hard drives. Hitachi 500 GB and WD 500 GB.Windows XP is intalled on first drive And I plan to install Linux on Second drive. And since i find some contradicting and not understood by me posts. I have to be sure what to do. I can install Linux, then i can edit grub. and add there something like:
title Windows map (hd0) (hd1) map (hd1) (hd0) root (hd1,0) chainloader +1
When its on one drive as I understand it will definately work. But if its on 2 different drives. There is a problem that windows doesn't boot from secondary drive. So I find this article witch i cannot understand. Do i have to understand it? Or its wrong and bad decision.
I have no RAID.After all what is step by step process of creating bootable CentOS and Windows situated on different hard drives drives?
I have 3 hard drives: one with vista installed on it working fine, one with 10.04 installed on it and working fine and the last is just a media storage drive. Currently I have been unplugging the windows or ubuntu drive depending on which OS I want to boot. What do I need to do so that I don't have to physically disconnect the drives and can just pick which OS to boot on power up?
I just started working with Linux over the weekend. I do have a working dual booting system but it's not configured exactly how I want it to be. Currently Windows 7 Ultimate and Ubuntu are on the same hard drive but different partitions. The Windows boot screen comes up and I can select Windows or Ubuntu fine. Grub comes up when I select Ubuntu and I can successfully select any choice in the menu and it will run properly.
Everything works great now so you may wonder why I even want to keep tinkering, well, it's not working how I want it to. This is what I want it to do. I want Windows 7 on disk 0 and Ubuntu on disk 1. I want each OS to have it's own hard drive. I want Grub to be the only boot loader that comes up with the option to select Ubuntu or Windows. I want to skip the window's OS selection screen all together. I can modify Grub, I've already done some of that on my work computer.
I've been installing from windows. Should I use a CD instead? Would that accomplish my goals without doing anything special?