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Old 08-01-2013, 03:15 PM   #1
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Installing Linux Mint or Ubuntu Alongside Windows


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I would like to install Mint or Ubuntu alongside windows
I have three drives , there are three Drives C,D,E. i tried to install LinuxMint using the live DVD in E drive problem is linux is not detecting the installed version of windows , it is showing all as single unallocated HD. so if i proceed with that i would loose all my data. I earlier tried in another system in which i successfully installed Mint OS in a separate drive. i also tried by converting the drive to ext4 file system still the linux installer couldn't detect the drive.

Any help would be more helpful....
 
Old 08-01-2013, 03:42 PM   #2
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When you say you have three drives, do you mean you actually have three physical hard drives or are you referring to partitions on one drive?
I would suggest you select the option to 'Try without Installing' and when you get to a Desktop, open a terminal from the menu or by holding down the Ctrl+Alt+t keys simultaneously. Then type: sudo fdisk -l(Lower case Letter L in the command). This will output your drive/partition information which you can post here.

I would also recommend that when you select the type of installation you select "Something Else" rather than the "Alongside" as you wil get a lot more control over the installation and see what is happening. If it isn't detecting the ntfs partitions and you just install, you will probably overwrite your windows.

The output above should show the number of partitions. Is this an OEM install?
 
Old 08-01-2013, 05:26 PM   #3
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I might suggest that you see if a free virtual machine like virtualbox might suite your needs. I'd be afraid to to try to get you going on a dual boot.

If you boot to the live cd/dvd you may be able to use gparted to get some idea of what you have. I kind of suspect you have some odd hardware or are looking at the wrong data.
 
Old 08-02-2013, 04:52 PM   #4
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When you say you have three drives, do you mean you actually have three physical hard drives or are you referring to partitions on one drive?
I would suggest you select the option to 'Try without Installing' and when you get to a Desktop, open a terminal from the menu or by holding down the Ctrl+Alt+t keys simultaneously. Then type: sudo fdisk -l(Lower case Letter L in the command). This will output your drive/partition information which you can post here.

I would also recommend that when you select the type of installation you select "Something Else" rather than the "Alongside" as you wil get a lot more control over the installation and see what is happening. If it isn't detecting the ntfs partitions and you just install, you will probably overwrite your windows.

The output above should show the number of partitions. Is this an OEM install?
its one hard drive with three partitions
am not getting the option to install 'alongside windows'
when selected the option to install 'SomethingElse'
the NTFS partitions inside windows is not detected

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Old 08-02-2013, 11:20 PM   #5
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You forgot to post the fdisk output.
 
  


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