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    Dual Boot 2 hard drives pre-existing partitions

    Hi, I have a HP Pavilion dv7 laptop with 2 hard drives. Windows 7 is on the first HD. I want to put any Linux distribution onto the second HD. The second HD has 2 pre-existing partitions at the end of the HD, one is made by Truecrypt and the other is made by Windows 7 NTFS with media files on it. I have left 50 GB of uninitialized space at the beginning of the second HD. When trying to install Linux Mins 17 onto the second HD, it does not see the other 2 partitions, just the entire HD. Do I first need to make a partition with the Linux CD, then install Linux? Will that wipe out my Truecrypt and media partitions? Which is the best Linux distribution for installing and dual booting like this? Also, how do I dual boot? The first HD is beginning to fail so I want to run Linux from the second if it fails until I can replace the first HD. Everything is backed up. Soo confusing and no help on the net. Thanks.
    Here is a picture of my HDs' partitions"
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    Last edited by Lionman77; 03-04-2015 at 09:12 PM.

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    if it does not detect you free space, something is indeed wrong with that hard drive

    sorry I could not open your attachment with limited connectivity

    if you have backed up everything, I suggest that you reinstall windows on that drive first, then install linux on spare partition

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