Hi. I'm new to Linux.
I wish to install Linux Mint 7 on my PC.
Here's the problem. I have 2 Hard disks.
The first hard (hd0 -> ATA, 250mb) is where I have stored all my data. On the second hard disk (hd1 -> SATA, 250mb), I have XP and Windows 7 OS's installed.
Apparently, installing Linux on the second hard disk causes problem from what I've read.
The last time I tried installing Linux Mint, the Grub simply wouldn't load. [It went directly to Win7 bootloader]
Finally I booted directly into linux using a 'Super Grub' boot disk, installed Grub and modified a menu.lst file, and only then could I reach the Windows 7 bootloader. I could use Mint 7 and Win7. Even so, XP wouldn't boot.
I would like to know
a) Which hard disk should I install linux Mint in?
b) How do I ensure that the Grub loads on the first attempt (it's exasperating to have to boot using a boot disc and modify everything all over)? i.e., which directory should i install it (I have attempted both the root directory (/) as well as (/dev/sdax) in the advanced options during installation. Neither worked right)
c) Since I have XP and Win7 in the 2nd Hard disk (hd1) I'd prefer to have Mint in the same Disk (Just a bit paranoid about my data) What steps exactly do I need to follow?