/dev/sda1 ntfs 390GB boot <- Windows 7
/dev/sda2 ext4 477MB <- Mint /boot partition
/dev/sda3 extended 74GB
/dev/sda5 linux-swap 4GB
/dev/sda6 ext4 10GB <- Mint root partition ( / )
/dev/sda7 ext4 61GB <- Mint /home partition
Real-mode Boot Sector
description Linux Mint (Maya)
Now that you know what the overall goal is, how do you get from here to there? First, understand that if you have a computer running Windows 7, that Windows 7′s boot manager is responsible for making sure that the system boots. Installing Ubuntu on the same hard drive throws another boot manager into the mix, so the most important decision you are going to make about this, is which boot manager (Windows 7′s boot manager or Ubuntu’s) do you want to be responsible for primary boot operations?
When dual-booting Windows 7 and a Linux distribution on a computer with one hard drive, the best option is to have Windows 7′s boot manager be the primary boot manager. Why? Because whenever you reinstall or update Windows 7, its installer will overwrite anything it finds in the portion of the hard drive where critical boot-related programs are installed. That portion of the hard drive is known as the Master Boot Record (MBR). Also, certain anti-virus programs have been known to mess with the contents of the MBR, so installing GRUB in another location will ease the maintenance headache associated with your system. This point determines where GRUB will be installed.
sudo sfdisk /dev/sda -A2
Warning: extended partition does not start at a cylinder boundary.
DOS and Linux will interpret the contents differently.
jason102 wrote: if I can only find the option to set this thread as being "solved"...
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