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Windows 7: Losing Vista, Dual boot W7 and Linux on seperate drives. Help Sought.

18 Sep 2010   #11
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums View Post
Hi. This my current Boot Management situation.




Is the "Disk 1, C:" the Windows 7 partition that you want to keep?


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18 Sep 2010   #12
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

The new W7 install is on the disk marked Linux. I reckon I can just delete with the partition wizaed disk it an then make a 50 or 100GB partition and install Linux on there.

What do you think?
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18 Sep 2010   #13
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yes it sis disk 1 c/
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18 Sep 2010   #14
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums View Post
The new W7 install is on the disk marked Linux. I reckon I can just delete with the partition wizaed disk it an then make a 50 or 100GB partition and install Linux on there.

What do you think?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums View Post
Hi. This my current Boot Management situation.




Is the "Disk 1, C:" the Windows 7 partition that you want to keep?


Slow down JW and I'll help you, the one I bolded above is the Windows 7 that you are in right now, but you want to keep the "Disk 2, E:" install and do away with everything else?
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18 Sep 2010   #15
madtownidiot

 

I would just leave the linux disk unformatted, because the linux installer is going to overwrite any partitions you create with partition wizard anyway. once you have linux installed you can resize the ext4 and swap partitions and make an NTFS partition any size you choose with the linux install media
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18 Sep 2010   #16
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks. Yeah I seem to recall that from the last (and only) time I installed it. It will take over the boot with GRUB I think. At least that's what happened before. Had to choose W7 in GRUB and then got to the Windows Boot choice- which then also included Vista of course. I'll report back shortly hopefully
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18 Sep 2010   #17
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums View Post
The new W7 install is on the disk marked Linux. I reckon I can just delete with the partition wizaed disk it an then make a 50 or 100GB partition and install Linux on there.

What do you think?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Bare Foot Kid View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by johnwillyums View Post
Hi. This my current Boot Management situation.




Is the "Disk 1, C:" the Windows 7 partition that you want to keep?


Slow down JW and I'll help you, the one I bolded above is the Windows 7 that you are in right now, but you want to keep the "Disk 2, E:" install and do away with everything else?


Did you see this post?
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18 Sep 2010   #18
johnwillyums

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Yes Disk1,C is the original W7 install I had. I have extended that partition to remove the Linux Mint Install I had on that disk. It's now all W7, no partitions
The Disk that is now marked Linux(E is the one which had my Vista install on it. I wiped it using your tutorial. It now has a barebones W7 install on it about 20 GB.
I've just booted from the Linux Mint disk and tied to install it but it seems to want to install alongside the main W7 install on C/: (or delete it and install)
It refers to the disks differently so I've closed it again and I'm trying to figure out how to install it on the Linux e/; drive.
They're both 1TB Samsung's but one's an F1 whilst the other is an F3. so I'm going to see if I can differentiate them that way.
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18 Sep 2010   #19
madtownidiot

 

HDD 0 in windows (the disk you want to install linux to) will be marked dev/sda in linux
HDD 1 will be labeled dev/sdb
HDD 2 .. you get the idea

If windows boots from HDD 2 by default now with no other OS listed, you can safely erase the HDD 0 (dev/SDA) with gparted from linux mint live.
leave your linux HDD unpartitioned, then run the linux installer, select to option to install to largest contiguous free space as previously posted.
Don't worry about where it says "this computer has no operating systems" when you check that option because grub will find windows 7 when it scans the HDDs

of course BFKs option is also viable if you're not averse to connecting and disconnecting HDDs repeatedly
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18 Sep 2010   #20
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Hello JW.





The easiest way to do away with boot issues between Windows and Linux is to use the BIOS one time boot menu to select which OS to boot at system startup.

If you have 2 separate Hard Disk Drives (HDD) and have one or the other installed to one HDD and you want to install the other; disconnect the HDD with the first OS installed on it and leave the HDD you want to install the second OS to connected.

Install the OS to the connected HDD and when complete and the system is booting good, power down and reconnect the second HDD with the first OS on it.

This way the OSs will boot independently of each other and there will be no boot conflicts between the 2 separate OSs to have to sort later.

If I remember correctly the hot-key for the one time boot menu for a Gigabyte mobo is F13 at boot.
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