LinuxQuestions.org
Download your favorite Linux distribution at LQ ISO.
Go Back   LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie
User Name
Password
Linux - Newbie This Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question? If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!

Notices


Reply
  Search this Thread
Old 10-25-2017, 10:40 AM   #1
rgbrock57
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2017
Posts: 3

Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Dual boot with 2 separate drives - where to install GRUB?


Hi,

I have a desktop PC with an internal SSD and a hard drive. Windows is installed on the SSD and I want to install Linux Mint on the hard drive. When I go to install GRUB do I install it on to the MBR on the SSD or the hard drive?
Thanks in advance.
 
Old 10-25-2017, 10:58 AM   #2
jsbjsb001
Senior Member
 
Registered: Mar 2009
Location: Earth? I would say I hope so but I'm not so sure about that... I could just be a figment of your imagination too.
Distribution: Currently OpenMandriva. Previously openSUSE, PCLinuxOS, CentOS, among others over the years.
Posts: 3,104

Rep: Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595
Quote:
Originally Posted by rgbrock57 View Post
Hi,

I have a desktop PC with an internal SSD and a hard drive. Windows is installed on the SSD and I want to install Linux Mint on the hard drive. When I go to install GRUB do I install it on to the MBR on the SSD or the hard drive?
Thanks in advance.
Given an "internal SSD" is also a hard drive, what do you mean by "I want to install Linux Mint on the hard drive."?

A PATA HDD perhaps?

Which one is connected to the first PATA or SATA port on your motherboard?

I would install GRUB into the MBR of the first hard drive.
 
Old 10-25-2017, 11:14 AM   #3
rgbrock57
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2017
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Hello and thanks for your answer. (Although an SSD is not a hard drive. Not commonly referred to as that anyway. But, I digress, I'm not here to argue that point!)

Both drives - the SSD and spinning platter HD - are SATA. I believe the 1st drive is the HD and the 2nd is the SSD. So, if I understand you correctly, I should install GRUB on the HD i.e., the first drive attached on the MOBO port?
 
Old 10-25-2017, 11:17 AM   #4
jsbjsb001
Senior Member
 
Registered: Mar 2009
Location: Earth? I would say I hope so but I'm not so sure about that... I could just be a figment of your imagination too.
Distribution: Currently OpenMandriva. Previously openSUSE, PCLinuxOS, CentOS, among others over the years.
Posts: 3,104

Rep: Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595Reputation: 1595
Quote:
Originally Posted by rgbrock57 View Post
Hello and thanks for your answer. (Although an SSD is not a hard drive. Not commonly referred to as that anyway. But, I digress, I'm not here to argue that point!)

Both drives - the SSD and spinning platter HD - are SATA. I believe the 1st drive is the HD and the 2nd is the SSD. So, if I understand you correctly, I should install GRUB on the HD i.e., the first drive attached on the MOBO port?
If your "spinning platter HD" is the first hard drive connected to your mobo's first SATA port, then yes.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 10-25-2017, 11:45 AM   #5
kilgoretrout
Senior Member
 
Registered: Oct 2003
Posts: 2,705

Rep: Reputation: 245Reputation: 245Reputation: 245
You can do either actually. Depends how you want to set it up. Assuming the SSD is first in the boot priority in your bios setup(likely since windows is installed there), if you install grub to the SSD and linux on the spinning hard drive, grub will overwrite your windows bootloader on the SSD and you will get the grub boot selection menu with options for booting either windows or linux when you boot the computer. If you later decide you don't want linux on your computer, clearing your spinning hard drive won't remove the grub boot selection screen and you will have to jump through some hoops to get your normal windows bootloader reinstalled using your windows installation disk in rescue mode IIRC.

If you install the grub bootloader to the spinning hard drive then you would have to go into your bios setup and make your spinning hard drive first in the boot priority. Your grub installation on the spinning hard drive will automatically detect both your windows install and your linux install and give you the option of booting into either one. If you decide later to ditch linux, you just have to go back into your bios setup and set your SSD as first in boot priority without the need to reinstall your windows bootloader.

Long story short, if you're just experimenting at this point, I would install grub to the drive that does not have the windows bootloader currently installed on it, i.e. the drive that is currently set second in boot priority in your bios setup. Then go into your bios setup after your linux install and make that drive first in boot priority.
 
1 members found this post helpful.
Old 10-25-2017, 11:48 AM   #6
rgbrock57
LQ Newbie
 
Registered: Oct 2017
Posts: 3

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: Disabled
Quote:
Originally Posted by kilgoretrout View Post
You can do either actually. Depends how you want to set it up. Assuming the SSD is first in the boot priority in your bios setup(likely since windows is installed there), if you install grub to the SSD and linux on the spinning hard drive, grub will overwrite your windows bootloader on the SSD and you will get the grub boot selection menu with options for booting either windows or linux when you boot the computer. If you later decide you don't want linux on your computer, clearing your spinning hard drive won't remove the grub boot selection screen and you will have to jump through some hoops to get your normal windows bootloader reinstalled using your windows installation disk in rescue mode IIRC.

If you install the grub bootloader to the spinning hard drive then you would have to go into your bios setup and make your spinning hard drive first in the boot priority. Your grub installation on the spinning hard drive will automatically detect both your windows install and your linux install and give you the option of booting into either one. If you decide later to ditch linux, you just have to go back into your bios setup and set your SSD as first in boot priority without the need to reinstall your windows bootloader.

Long story short, if you're just experimenting at this point, I would install grub to the drive that does not have the windows bootloader currently installed on it, i.e. the drive that is currently set second in boot priority in your bios setup. Then go into your bios setup after your linux install and make that drive first in boot priority.
Great info, thank you much.
 
  


Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
LInux Mint 17 KDE Dual Boot With Win7, 2 separate Drives, Keep having 2 repair grub. zarathustra674 Linux Mint 6 08-29-2014 02:10 AM
Dual Booting (2 Linux from Separate Drives) GRUB issue. RensoreK Linux - Desktop 1 08-22-2008 12:01 AM
Dual boot grub Mandriva WinXP separate drives McNider Linux - General 2 06-17-2005 04:49 AM
Dual Boot on Separate Hard Drives? theonlylivinggo Linux - Newbie 6 02-26-2004 04:15 PM
dual boot w/ separate hard drives? aveach Linux - General 2 09-15-2003 03:33 PM

LinuxQuestions.org > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Newbie

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:10 PM.

Main Menu
Advertisement
My LQ
Write for LQ
LinuxQuestions.org is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
Syndicate
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration