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Old 10-21-2015, 12:19 PM   #1
argoldst
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How to go from single drive dual boot to two drive dual boot?


I am not even sure if this is possible but right now I'm running windows 8 and linux mint on a dual boot from a single 250gb drive.

What I would like to do is keep my windows 8 on that 250gb drive and move my linux mint to my new 1tb drive. I am not sure how to do this but I would like to keep all my settings/programs and everything else hopefully without having to do a reinstall.

Is this possible? If so, please explain very simply. I am very experienced with windows but still relatively new to linux and mint.

Thank you.
 
Old 10-21-2015, 01:02 PM   #2
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Let me start off by saying I don't use mint but the procedures should be basically the same across the board.

1. Make a complete backup of your linux partition.
2. Install mint on your second drive
3. Restore your backup to the newly installed mint
4. Change your bios to boot from the mint drive.

When you install linux it should see the windows drive and add the option to boot into windows on the grub menu.
 
Old 10-21-2015, 01:12 PM   #3
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lazydog's answer is one way. Another is to use something like clonezilla. http://clonezilla.org/
 
Old 10-21-2015, 01:12 PM   #4
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But if I do that, will I still have the option to boot to windows as the boot drive will be the drive with only linux on it.
 
Old 10-21-2015, 03:28 PM   #5
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But if I do that, will I still have the option to boot to windows as the boot drive will be the drive with only linux on it.
If you do a new install of Mint on the 1TB drive, the windows installation should be detected by the Grub bootloader during the install.
How were you booting both systems on the 250GB drive? Grub? Were windows 8 and Mint both installed using UEFI or MBR? Generally, if they are not both installed the same you will have problems booting one or the other. If you were using MBR, you could use a windows installation DVD to install the windows bootloader to the MBR of its drive and select which drive to boot from the BIOS. It may be different when you have each OS on a separate drive, I don't know. Best to get the boot repair and select the option to Create Bootinfo Summary and post a link here.

https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Boot-Repair
 
  


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