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/boot partition on different HD

Postby gismondo on Wed Nov 21, 2007 1:45 pm

Hi !!

I've just installed Linux Mint 4.0 on an external hard disk connected to a Hp Pavilion dv4000 and I have a little problem ...
The problemi is that if grub is on the Internal Hard Disk (I can't put it in the External because my laptop can't boot from USB) and the Extrnal Hard disk is not connected I get error 21 because grub (obviously) doesn' find the External Hard Disk...

So I was thinking of reinstalling Mint in this way... I create a very little partition on the Internal Hard Disk with /boot as mount point and install the rest in the External, then i install grub on the internal hard disk... this way it should see the boot partition on the internal and then load the OS from the external...

I'm not sure of this because I don't know if i can put the /boot partition on a different HD and, even if i can, will it boot without problems???
I know it's a bit complicated but i think it's the only way I can load my Linux system !!! :P
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Re: /boot partition on different HD

Postby Boo on Thu Nov 22, 2007 1:18 am

I would try it, it is what i would do.
I can not see any reason it would not work.
the /boot partition only has to be about 100MB (no more that 200MB if you want lots of kernels.).

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Re: /boot partition on different HD

Postby gismondo on Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:07 am

Hi, thanks for your help !!
I found an easier solution, I downloaded and burned the Super GRUB Disk iso and for the time being I'am able to boot Linux with it...
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Re: /boot partition on different HD

Postby moondevil on Fri Nov 23, 2007 5:26 am

I have just installed with a seperate boot partition, purely because as an *old* linux person and vmware consultant, I always tend to seperate my partitions out. The only problem I have found is that the installer doesn't copy the graphics files to the boot partition, so you get an error on boot (then goes to the default text boot page). I'll just manually copy the graphics file into the boot partition. Worth noting for future releases though :D
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Re: /boot partition on different HD

Postby Boo on Sun Nov 25, 2007 8:02 pm

this is a known problem.
the file is put in /etc/grub/message.mint
and of course with a separate /boot partition there is no /etc.
hopefully it gets moved to /boot/grub/message.mint

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