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Linux Mint on other harddrive than Win8?

Postby flierman on Wed Oct 16, 2013 9:38 am

Hey Guys

I have 2 harddrives, 1 ssd for win 8 and a 1tb normal drive for other things like films and stuff. I woule like to install Linux mint to dual boot but I dont want it on the SSD-drive. Is that possible?

Can I just install Linux Mint on my 1 tb drive and dual boot? WIll GRUB work or do I need to setup this in some way? Does GRUB position itself on the SSD anyway whatever I do? It is fine to have GRUB on the ssd but not Linux MInt.

All help is thankfully taken :-)
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Re: Linux Mint on other harddrive than Win8?

Postby usbtux on Wed Oct 16, 2013 1:38 pm

I havent got a clue about win8n and its associated trying to keep other OS's at bay, but it should be similar to these

Safe dual-booting Windows 7 - installing Mint on 2nd hard drive Part 1 http://youtu.be/hgv_POYbbf0
Safe dual-booting Windows 7 - installing Mint on 2nd hard drive Part 2 http://youtu.be/gWb62_CqMRU

So you need to sort out safe boot and efi and or other problems associated with win 8 then using the above vids as a guide you should be able to get mint installed on the second disk.
http://goo.gl/DXKgM useful tutorials for installing mint on USB drives.
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http://goo.gl/WFu0u Installing Mint - the screen cast videos.
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Re: Linux Mint on other harddrive than Win8?

Postby Dngrsone on Wed Oct 16, 2013 2:29 pm

Yes, you can install Mint on the TB drive.

The best way I have found to dual-boot Windows 8 and Mint on a UEFI machine is to use the rEFInd boot manager.
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Re: Linux Mint on other harddrive than Win8?

Postby flierman on Wed Oct 16, 2013 4:01 pm

Great thanks..will look into it and try!
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Re: Linux Mint on other harddrive than Win8?

Postby srs5694 on Wed Oct 16, 2013 8:38 pm

Before you do anything else, determine your Windows boot mode. All computers that ship with Windows 8 pre-installed and that have a Windows 8 logo on the computer hardware should boot in EFI mode. If you installed Windows 8 yourself, though, it might boot in either EFI mode or in BIOS mode. This information is critical because it's almost always easiest to install Linux in the same boot mode as Windows, and this in turn affects the boot manager and/or boot loader that you use and how you install it. This this subpage of the rEFInd documentation for more information on how to determine your boot mode.
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Re: Linux Mint on other harddrive than Win8?

Postby flierman on Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:01 am

srs5694 wrote:Before you do anything else, determine your Windows boot mode. All computers that ship with Windows 8 pre-installed and that have a Windows 8 logo on the computer hardware should boot in EFI mode. If you installed Windows 8 yourself, though, it might boot in either EFI mode or in BIOS mode. This information is critical because it's almost always easiest to install Linux in the same boot mode as Windows, and this in turn affects the boot manager and/or boot loader that you use and how you install it. This this subpage of the rEFInd documentation for more information on how to determine your boot mode.


Okay I did check my SSD where Win 8 is and it says MBR Master boot record wich is Bios mode right?
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Re: Linux Mint on other harddrive than Win8?

Postby srs5694 on Thu Oct 17, 2013 12:08 pm

flierman wrote:Okay I did check my SSD where Win 8 is and it says MBR Master boot record wich is Bios mode right?


Yes, if Windows is booting from an MBR disk, then it's installed in BIOS mode. This means you should follow BIOS-mode dual-boot installation instructions, not EFI-mode instructions. You should ignore Dngrsone's recommendation to use rEFInd, since that's an EFI-mode boot manager.
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Postby Dngrsone on Thu Oct 17, 2013 4:50 pm

My apologies, I tend to assume that Windows 8 is installed EUFI.

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Postby srs5694 on Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:34 pm

Dngrsone wrote:My apologies, I tend to assume that Windows 8 is installed EUFI.


It normally is when it's factory-installed, but there are people who upgrade older PCs, who re-install on PCs that shipped with Windows 8, or who build their own computers. For all these cases, it could be installed in either EFI mode or BIOS mode. Judging by forum posts I've seen, I'd say that most of the Windows 8 installations out there are on new PCs, and hence in EFI mode -- although it could be that such systems are just generating more posts.
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Re: Linux Mint on other harddrive than Win8?

Postby flierman on Mon Oct 21, 2013 4:37 am

Ah ok, thanks.

So could I then install Mint on my 1TB drive and follow the guide earlier written in this thread?

"I havent got a clue about win8n and its associated trying to keep other OS's at bay, but it should be similar to these

Safe dual-booting Windows 7 - installing Mint on 2nd hard drive Part 1 http://youtu.be/hgv_POYbbf0
Safe dual-booting Windows 7 - installing Mint on 2nd hard drive Part 2 http://youtu.be/gWb62_CqMRU"
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