I'm choosing my Linux distribution to get rid of Windows XP. For that purpose I've been testing various Linux distributions (10 + -), and Linux Mint had become my favorite.
I have a Lenovo T60 notebook who has a SATA main drive, until now with Windows XP and my personal documents. For Linux distribution testing I use a external USB IDE drive in wich i use to install and boot the current distro. So I can have XP drive intact.
To each installation I remove laptop's SATA XP drive, boot from Linux CD/DVD and install the Linux distro in the USB IDE drive by taking the whole disk. After downloading and updating I used to connect again SATA drive to see if its easy detected and mounted and then to work with my files and test the distribution for a couple of days.
I've tested many distros (Suse 10.3, Fedora 8 and 9b, PCLinux 2007, Ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04b, Dreamlinux 3, Open Geu, etc.) without a fault by doing this.
I've installed Linux Mint 4 Daryna on the USB IDE drive, updated, and after connect laptop's SATA drive and booting from USB IDE drive again, the boot process stopped at start and Busybox v1.1.3 command line appeared with (INITRAMFS), ATTACHED SCSI GENERIC SG2 TYPE 0 message, and i can't do anything from there. Tried Recovery Mode too, and the same.
I think that is a Grub related problem. ¿Can somebody give me some help to boot properly form USB drive with SATA drive connected at the same time?...
Thanks in advance.