As background to the subject question -
Mint is my favourite linux flavour (original title was to be Fresh Mint bites back...!) but I'm stuck at Mint 8 Helena!
I saw nothing in 9 and 10 to persuade me to upgrade - especially given my experiences of Mints' excrutiating installation procedure - which I've posted about several times before because of the lengthy probing and, most dangerous of all, what happens at the Grub phase. Mint 13 Maya problems were the subject of an earlier post.
Now for Mint 14 cinnamon edition...
OK, I made an initial mistake of selecting "install alongside.." instead of "custom" but the outcome should have been the same. The initial scan had determined that I had a bit (6.9Gb) of unused space (that I didn't know was there!) at the end of the drive and thought that a bonus since the original plan had been to utilise another partition.
Everything seems to proceed fine - if slowly - until the Grub phase. I was not prompted to choose where to put Grub, it just came up with an error. My practice (given the choice!) is to put Grub in the partition and use EasyBCD to access my chosen o/s.
However, to my horror (a non- functioning) Grub had been placed in the mbr with just a grub> prompt. Oh no! Mint has done it to me again. Next 24h spent trying to restore mbr, reinstall winXP (unnecessarily as it turned out) and then restoring BCD from within XP - and without access to Vista or anything else at that time.
This should not have occurred.
Anyway, all other issues notwithstanding - are partitions above 15 (old scsii limitation) acceptable to Mint/Grub? They are certainly visible and accessible to Mint through the file manager and disc management utilities.
[PS mbr restored from Mint Liveusb by installing and running ms-sys!]