I have my computer, a Dell Dimension E520 that I have added a second hdd to in order to install Linux onto and make it a dual boot. I tried loading Mint onto it by booting from the live cd and going through the install steps. In partitioning I left the drive with XP (230GB) on it alone and told it to partition the entire second drive (500GB). I got to the last step, let it go and after the install process was done told it to reboot and...
GRUB loading, please wait
and that was it. I restored my XP install from my backup and was again able to boot into XP only. I see some information for Error 17 (viewtopic.php?f=46&t=23031
) and this may apply to my situation as well, but if so, how can I figure out what order the bios see my drives as? There are no IDE hard drives in the system (except in external USB enclosures).
I have also tried doing this with openSUSE and got a similar error (I do not recall the error number, I think it was 2), with the system not booting and me restoring back to XP alone.
If anyone has any clues as to what to do, I would appreciate it. I am leaning towards something like a SATA switch to turn off the unused drive (http://www.thesataswitch.com/
) if I cannot figure this out. Either that or just giving up the idea of moving over to Linux as it is hard to have the time to keep experimenting over and over again. If I go back in and try again I want to be armed with as much information as possible and have a reasonable level of assurance that I will be able to get it loaded.
One extra thought. Since I only restored the drive with XP, it seems to me that the second drive should have Mint successfully installed. If so, maybe it is possible to just install GRUB (or another bootloader) and get what I have to work. Not sure, so if there are any hints only that line send them along.
I realize that this type of setup is not as popular as having both OS'es on the same disk, so most (if not all) HOWTOs and tutorials seem to speak a great deal about resizing partitions and such and thus leave out a setup like I have.