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Hi folks. I think I've made a crucial but stupid error here I've been running Linux Mint 11 on a 500GB drive and Windows 7 on two 1TB drives. I ...
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    Installing Mint on a separate drive problem


    Hi folks.

    I think I've made a crucial but stupid error here
    I've been running Linux Mint 11 on a 500GB drive and Windows 7 on two 1TB drives.
    I installed Linux Mint with the two Windows drives disconnected as this seemed easier than a dual boot and safer.
    This worked fine. At boot, Windows boot would give me a choice of W7 or Mint. I didn't see GRUB.

    Anyway, I've now downloaded Mint 12, burnt a disk etc.
    I read that a totally clean install was the way to go so I went into System Management in Windows and deleted the drive.
    When I try to install Mint 12, I boot the disk and I get "unknown file system. Grub rescue_"
    I've tried formatting the drive as NTFS, naming it "unallocated space", "simple volume", making it "active" and I still get the same message: "unknown file system. grub rescue_"

    I had thought that the Mint disk would format the drive and sort itself out. I'm sure that's what happened last time.
    Can anybody help?, cheers, John

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    Are you getting that error from the cd? If so it sounds like a corrupt download or bad burn. Check the MD5 of the iso against the official one and if they differ, do a fresh download. If they match, try burning a fresh cd at a slower speed.
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    Hi Elija. Thanks for your input. I've tried two different downloads from two different sites. I've burnt them to disks using IMGBurn.
    As I said above I've tried several times to install onto my 500GB drive, with the other two drives disconnected. This failed and I got the error message-"unknown file system. Grub rescue_". The cursor is flashing. I've tried entering my old password
    and that produced a paragraph of possible commands. There are loads of them. I tried a couple and got "command not valid", "this argument is not supported" and most interestingly "cannot proceed until kernel is loaded"

    I've also tried to install with all the drives connected. I thought that it would give an opportunity to install over Windows,or alongside it, but I still get the same message. I seem to have somehow disabled the 500GB drive by deleting it's contents,
    but I can't even install onto a partition on the two 1TB drives. This is very weird. Cheers, John

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    Doh. Sorry to have wasted your time Elija. I'm using a new motherboard and I wasn't setting up the BIOS properly for a disk boot.
    I've done that and installed Linux Mint Maya on the 500GBdrive (with the Windows drives disconnected)
    When I reconnected them I get the old Windows boot choice I had before except it won't boot Linux. I get a command prompt ending in grub_
    Still I'm a lot further forward than I was. Not sure what to do about the boot. Maybe EasyBCD? Cheers and sorry to get you thinking about a problem that didn't exist, John

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    Got it sorted out with EasyBCD. Can't believe I went through all that angst when I'd not set the BIOS properly. Oh well. Thanks, John

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    LOL. I was starting to think that it was the only thing that made any sense! Glad you got it sorted out.
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