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{SOLVED}Dual booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 (cinnamon) 2 HDDs

Postby leavetheweak on Thu Feb 21, 2013 5:09 pm

Hi, I have done searches( both on these forums and Google) and i can't figure out how to dual boot windows 7 and mint 14. I have 2 HDDs. I have seen all of those tutorials for if its the same hard drive. To make matters worse the 2 hdds have the exact same name (model number). What i need is someone who can explain in plain noobish terms how to dual boot the 2 OS.

Both HDDS are 1 TB. Not sure if that helps...

Thanks, Leavetheweak


P.S. Sorry if there is already post about this that i didn't see
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Re: Dual booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 (cinnamon) 2 HDDs

Postby jungle_boy on Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:50 pm

Run Mint LiveDVD, start Gparted, take a print screen and post here.
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Re: Dual booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 (cinnamon) 2 HDDs

Postby leavetheweak on Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:01 am

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The blank drive isn't showing up, yet it says the 7 drive is sdb...
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Re: Dual booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 (cinnamon) 2 HDDs

Postby jungle_boy on Sat Feb 23, 2013 5:53 pm

Where is /dev/sda driver?

You must configure your drives one as master and the other as slave. They have to be jumped to this.

You need to install W7 on master drive and Linux Mint on slave drive.
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Re: Dual booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 (cinnamon) 2 HDDs

Postby leavetheweak on Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:44 pm

That is the main problem, i don't see sda. I do find it if i search in windows(see link to pic below). It also shows up if i unplug the windows 7 drive. I would assume that 7 is the master as it was installed first.
How would you make one the master and one the slave?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/lymw1r4j1tdqm4j/linux.JPG
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Re: Dual booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 (cinnamon) 2 HDDs

Postby lmarmisa on Sun Feb 24, 2013 3:31 am

The concept master/slave is only related to drives of type PATA/IDE. The most used hard drives nowdays are SATA. SATA disks use point-to-point connections and do not need any master/slave jumpers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_ATA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serial_ATA

Boot into a Mint Live DVD, open a terminal, type these commands

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sudo lshw -C storage -C disk
sudo fdisk -l


and post the outputs.

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Re: Dual booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 (cinnamon) 2 HDDs

Postby powerhouse on Sun Feb 24, 2013 8:37 am

If one of your disks is not discovered (shown) in the installer or gparted:

I remember having had a similar issue with a disk that wasn't discovered by the installer. It turned out it was accidentally marked as a RAID disk.

Try this:
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udevadm info --export-db > file.txt


Then open the file and search for "ID_FS_TYPE=" (without quotes).

If you find something like this:

E: ID_FS_TYPE=isw_raid_member
E: ID_FS_USAGE=raid

and your disk is not part of a RAID, you can fix it with:
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sudo dmraid -E -r /dev/sdX

with sdX being the drive that was listed as isw_raid_member.
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Re: Dual booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 (cinnamon) 2 HDDs

Postby jungle_boy on Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:03 pm

Thanks Imarmisa;

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Re: Dual booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 (cinnamon) 2 HDDs

Postby leavetheweak on Sun Feb 24, 2013 6:25 pm

Frist off thanks for all the help with this issue.
here all the results from both suggestions:(in order given)
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mint@mint ~ $ sudo lshw -C storage -C disk
  *-storage               
       description: SATA controller
       product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
       vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
       physical id: 11
       bus info: pci@0000:00:11.0
       version: 00
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: storage pm ahci_1.0 bus_master cap_list
       configuration: driver=ahci latency=32
       resources: irq:22 ioport:ff00(size=8) ioport:fe00(size=4) ioport:fd00(size=8) ioport:fc00(size=4) ioport:fb00(size=16) memory:fe02f000-fe02f3ff
  *-ide
       description: IDE interface
       product: SB7x0/SB8x0/SB9x0 IDE Controller
       vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
       physical id: 14.1
       bus info: pci@0000:00:14.1
       version: 00
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 66MHz
       capabilities: ide msi bus_master cap_list
       configuration: driver=pata_atiixp latency=32
       resources: irq:16 ioport:1f0(size=8) ioport:3f6 ioport:170(size=8) ioport:376 ioport:fa00(size=16)
  *-scsi:0
       physical id: 1
       logical name: scsi1
       capabilities: emulated
     *-disk
          description: ATA Disk
          product: ST31000524AS
          vendor: Seagate
          physical id: 0.0.0
          bus info: scsi@1:0.0.0
          logical name: /dev/sda
          version: JC4B
          serial: 5VP9X18J
          size: 931GiB (1TB)
          capabilities: partitioned partitioned:dos
          configuration: ansiversion=5 sectorsize=512 signature=ea14b7dd
  *-scsi:1
       physical id: 2
       logical name: scsi3
       capabilities: emulated
     *-cdrom
          description: DVD-RAM writer
          product: DVD RW AD-7280S
          vendor: Optiarc
          physical id: 0.0.0
          bus info: scsi@3:0.0.0
          logical name: /dev/cdrom
          logical name: /dev/cdrw
          logical name: /dev/dvd
          logical name: /dev/dvdrw
          logical name: /dev/sr0
          logical name: /cdrom
          version: 1.01
          capabilities: removable audio cd-r cd-rw dvd dvd-r dvd-ram
          configuration: ansiversion=5 mount.fstype=iso9660 mount.options=ro,noatime state=mounted status=ready
        *-medium
             physical id: 0
             logical name: /dev/cdrom
             logical name: /cdrom
             configuration: mount.fstype=iso9660 mount.options=ro,noatime signature=03e4b3a2 state=mounted



sudo fdisk -1
fdisk: invalid option -- '1'
Usage:
 fdisk [options] <disk>    change partition table
 fdisk [options] -l <disk> list partition table(s)
 fdisk -s <partition>      give partition size(s) in blocks

Options:
 -b <size>             sector size (512, 1024, 2048 or 4096)
 -c[=<mode>]           compatible mode: 'dos' or 'nondos' (default)
 -h                    print this help text
 -u[=<unit>]           display units: 'cylinders' or 'sectors' (default)
 -v                    print program version
 -C <number>           specify the number of cylinders
 -H <number>           specify the number of heads
 -S <number>           specify the number of sectors per track



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E: ID_FS_TYPE=ntfs
E: ID_FS_TYPE=ntfs
E: ID_FS_TYPE=iso9660
E: ID_FS_TYPE=squashfs


Note: both hdds are SATA

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Re: Dual booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 (cinnamon) 2 HDDs

Postby lmarmisa on Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:59 am

@leavetheweak

You have not typed correctly the command "fdisk". The letter associated to the parameter is a lowercase "el", not "one". Please repeat the command:

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sudo fdisk -l


Anyway your unformatted disk seems not detected by Mint. According to the output of the command "lshw" only one disk is detected and the device assigned to it is /dev/sda. But this is contradictory with the capture of gparted (only device /dev/sdb is shown there).

I do not know if your motherboard could have more than one SATA controller and if the second hardware controller would have no Mint driver associated. Your could type the command

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sudo lshw


and check if the output shows some info related to an UNCLAIMED device.

Did you connect the disks yourself?. You could try to unplug one of the SATA data cables, switch both SATA data cables or connect cables to other SATA ports in order to check if Mint is able to detect the hard disks in other secenarios. Maybe this could help to diagnose the problem.

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Re: Dual booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 (cinnamon) 2 HDDs

Postby leavetheweak on Tue Feb 26, 2013 8:30 pm

I apolgize for the confusion with the sda and sdb The reason the screenshot said sdb was because because an external HDD was hooked up befor the picture, when i unpluged it and refreshed it didnt change. Sorry.

I did install the 2nd HDD myself. i found the folloing with the sudo lshw :
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 *-serial UNCLAIMED
             description: SMBus
             product: SBx00 SMBus Controller
             vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI
             physical id: 14
             bus info: pci@0000:00:14.0
             version: 3c
             width: 32 bits
             clock: 66MHz
             capabilities: ht cap_list
             configuration: latency=0


i did some reagranging with cables for the HDDs. I unpluged the power to the windows 7 hdd and told gpart to refresh. it said it couldn't find anything, However there was a "unlocated" partiton. Then I repluged in the Windows 7 hdd. Opened "install Linux Mint" and there was the option to partition the 2nd hdd along with the windows 7 hdd.I prefromed the same partioning as i saw in other videos/tutorials.As I type this Mint is installing.

Thank you for helping me with this issue.
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Re: Dual booting Windows 7 and Mint 14 (cinnamon) 2 HDDs

Postby jungle_boy on Wed Feb 27, 2013 9:15 pm

lmarmisa wrote:@jungle_boy

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Opss, por supuesto!

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