I am a newbie to Linux and to Mint. I am having installation problems with Mint 8 main edition and I can't find the solution on the boards.
I am trying to install Mint 8 on a Dell GX280 desktop which is running Win XP. The computer has 2 SATA HDDs and the OS is installed on drive 0. Drive 1 has 2 partitions holding data.
When the 'prepare disk space' window appears, it says: 'This computer has no operating systems on it.'
And it only shows sdb as an option to install Mint 8
If I select manual set up of partitioning, I get the following (my comments in brackets):
/dev/sda1 type fat16 size 57Mb 33Mb used (Dell Utility partition)
/dev/sda2 type ntfs size 80Gb used 'unknown' (Windows XP OS)
/dev/sda1 type ntfs 918Gb 245Gb used (data)
/dev/sda2 type ntfs 93Gb 9Gb used (data)
So sda2 is detected as an ntfs partition but there are problems reading the partition.
However, I don't have a problem accessing sda2 from the Mint Live CD.
Can I install on /sda without disrupting the Win XP installation?
Are there any issues if I go ahead and install on /sbd? Can I manually set up dual booting afterwards?