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Old 03-25-2015, 04:47 AM   #1
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Running Mint need to remove/format hdd

Currently on Mint.
Now need to make machine dual boot W7/Mint.

Having tried the W7 disc it does not run(naturally)

So it seems the HDD needs clearing/format from out side the system.
How can this be achieved?
Old 03-25-2015, 05:14 AM   #2
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Are you sure the boot order (in the BIOS) is set to look to the CD-ROM first? What version of Mint are you running?

I wouldn't think taking out the hard drive would be necessary for this kind of operation...


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Old 03-25-2015, 05:21 AM   #3
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Is there free space or an empty partition for the windows install? Use gparted from a live linux cd/usb to make room on hard drive. Will have to reinstall grub from live cd/usb afterwards as installing windows will overwrite grub in MBR.

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Windows needs to be installed on a primary partition. Depending on the current partition layout of the drive you will need to move/delete as required to create available space for the installation. I suggest running gparted from a live CD. Be sure to backup your data. Post the output of the command:

sudo fdisk -l

Once windows is installed you will need to reinstall and reconfigure the bootloader (grub).


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