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Old 08-29-2013, 04:09 PM   #1
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Starting over, Windows then Linux - What to know?

For the past few months, I've been dual booting Windows(SSD)/Ubuntu(HDD). Windows messed up on me (or so I thought), so I put Linux Mint over Windows as I wanted to try that instead of Ubuntu. Mint started having the same problems Windows was and I discovered it was my SSD that was messing up in the end. I have since fixed the SSD, and am going to reinstall windows, but I also want to dual boot with Mint this time. Currently my GRUB is only accessed by Ubuntu (I needed to go into Ubuntu to get Mint on the list). My plan is this:

-Install Windows on SSD
-Install Mint over Ubuntu on HDD and run GRUB from Mint.

Will this work okay without messing up my boot? And will I then be able to use the GRUB through Mint to put Windows and Mint on it? What else do I need to know to prevent any problems?

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windows tends to install its boot loader on the master boot record by default without asking (it will not probe for other os's; it will simply take over everything). for this reason it is a good idea to install windows first then linux (most distro installers have a step in the installer that asks where (mbr/first sector of disk) to put the boot loader (grub/lilo/syslinux/isolinux) as well as the default os and timeout in seconds).

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You can also remove linux hdd if grub is installed to it then install windows to ssd allowing it to write to it's mbr. To see if grub is installed to hdd instead of ssd disconnect ssd & try booting to linux hdd if it boots without ssd connected then grub is in hdd.


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