So, I decided to install Linux Mint 14 (cinnamon) alongside Windows 7 (which I already have). I think I successfully installed it, but I'm not sure how to access it. I will give the full story, so hopefully and expert can see what I did wrong/ what I need to do.
Full story: I burn the ISO onto the CD, then go into my BIOS which has two boot options: Windows boot-loader and the boot from CD/DVD option. Since nothing happened when I just started the computer with the CD in it (windows just starts up), I changed the boot options so that I would boot from CD first. So I started it then, and success! So then I go through all of the set-up picking username, password etc. but also doing the option to install it alongside windows. I assumed that the partition for Mint was going to be on the right (it was unlabelled, really LINUX?) so I chose about 100GB for that. So, I was able to use the OS when the CD was in (access the internet, explore the programs, etc.) but here comes the whole trouble: setup is complete so I eject the disc, and it restarts. What I expected: (was I foolish to expect this? I didn't really mention earlier as I should have that I am a beginner with computers, but truly wish to get better - Linux was really exiting) okay tangent aside now, I was thinking that my BIOS would give me the option to now either select Window 7 or Linux Mint. But, I forgot that I had set it to boot from CD. No problem, just restart again, access the BIOS, and change the boot order so the the windows boot-loader goes first. Windows starts. No option to access my newly installed Linux, which I m fairly confident had a successful installation (it looked so beautiful ='/ . Then, this like disc check thing? Sorry I really don't remember much but it was a black screen with white text, and it would read like: numbers/numbers and then part 1 of 3 complete. Then I completed all three parts. I logged on to Windows 7, everything works fine, but no Linux. So I go to disk management, and see that there is in fact a new partition, but the file system is RAW, and it is 100% free. I looked around online for a solution, but I'm still not sure what to do. Do I need to re-install Linux? Do I need a new boot-loader? Is there a problem with how I did things? Do I need to re-format the HD and put Linux on a certain part with the customize option during setup? Because now I believe I am left with a successful installation (it was awesome when I messed with it from the CD) but no way to access it. Please help
I will answer any other questions you have about my system, if that helps you better understand my problem. Thanks in advance for your help, and in your response, remember that I am a beginner, so I may struggle with stuff like code (I saw this mostly when I googled my problem).
Oh and the partition as I saw it with Windows 7 disk management was only 85.02 GB, not the 100 that I set aside (I think, because they are different) but it is the only new partition I noticed (so it would have to be on that one, right?)