See page 12 Mint Manual.
Read the topic "Installation and Boot" -- lots of answers on how to set up your hard drive.
I still think if you are new that using the Live cd/DVD and letting the partition work be done by the Mint disk is less prone to operator error.
The hard drive has a boot sector and the loader is generally installed there
MrBob22 wrote:Mintybits - very clever solution to use the USB for Linux loading. Sounds lke a very cool solution!
I have a similar approach but different implementation. I keep my Windows7 machine with no Linux code on it and right next to it is a LinuxMint12 machine with no Windows code. I boot each one separately and switch between using a shared mouse, keyboard and monitor with KVM usb switch. I also have my Canon printer attached to the front panel usb so in case I want print something from Linux, I just move the cable over a foot and replug (it normally stays connected to the Windows machine.) Now most of the time, I am actually connected to the Mint computer but sometimes I have to do some things on the Windoz computer.
obviously this wont be ideal for most people because they dont have or dont want two boxes side by side. It works great for me. Take care MrBob22
Personally, I prefer to install Windows on a separate disk to linux. Failing that, install Grub to a different disk than the Windows disk. It doesn't matter which MBR of all your disks/USB devices you install Grub to so long as your bios will boot that device. On my laptop I have Windows 7 and Mint 12 on the same HD but I installed Grub to the MBR of a tiny USB stick that I keep plugged in permanently. This way, if I remove the stick Windows will boot up directly. This ensures Windows boot is not dependent on Grub/linux OS.
mariomucho123 wrote:At this point, I am questioning why you must install GRUB with linux mint. There needs to be other options. Options that will not affect the other boot loaders or operating system on the hdd.
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