1. Had Ubuntu Live (8.10) running and was so excited that I decided to install it to hard disk (at midnight).
2. Read 2 tutorials, followed them, and everything went fine.
On one 500 GB drive (Western Digital, WDC WD5000AAKS) I deleted the first (and smaller) partition (32 GB) and made 3 new partitions: "/" (25 GB, ext3), "swap" (3 GB), "home" (4 GB, ext3). The rest (about 450 GB) was NTFS, filled with data.
3. Tutorial (language is not English, but pictures are important) is here: Tutorial with pictures
4. My problems started with or after last 2 steps of instalation:
a) I clicked ADVANCED button shown here
b) ...before I would click RESTART NOW (shown here
...I decided NOT TO WAIT any longer - since it was already late night and I wanted to "do it right" the first time and not to reboot several times (like with Windows) - so instead of only restarting PC (as offered at the end of instalation), I did the following:
I copied the code from here: putting GRUB in place where it belongs
Why did I do it? It's not that much important, but - for the curious - I thought I would prevent rebooting or something, I thought I was very smart, and it was late and I was not thinking rationaly.
$ sudo su
the command shows where grub is installed, e.g. (hd1,1)
The problem is I typed wrong code: "hd1,1" instead of "hd0,0".
(I simply copied the "hd1,1" code from tutorial, even thought the answer I received from Terminal was "hd0,0".)
After that I restarted PC.
To my surprize WINDOWS booted - not Ubuntu as I expected, and I saw ONE HARD DISK LESS in my list of hard drives (actually two partitions less, both on the same hard disk).
Started Partition Magic and receiven info that one hard drive has "bad partiton" (I'm almost sure that's what I read).
At that time I thought the problem was with the hard drive where I installed Ubuntu (500 GB hard drive that had 3 new Linux partitons and one 450 GB NTFS partiton.
I rebooted ... and rebooted ... and rebooted ... and started receiving "Third Masted Hard Disk Error".
After disconnecting one by one disks, I realized the problem is not with the hard drive I installed Ubuntu on, but with other
WD 500 GB hard drive (I have 2 same disks in PC).
It seems it is the one where wrong code pointed to (hd1,1).
(Not sure, but there is simply no other explanation.)
So now my PC refuses to boot if this hard is connected to system; it stops at the beginning of boot process and gives information that there is a "Hard Disk Error", or says
Ultra DMA Mode-5, S.M.A.R.T. Capable but Disabled
or, sometimes, it boots Hiren Boot.
Hiren Boot, or these WD tools
, gave me info that disc is disconnected (the best), or there is no disc at all (worst scenario).
I can not access my WD 500 GB hard drive that has 2 or 3 NTFS partitions that are filled with data. No WIndows was installed on that disc, only data.