Hi all! Sorry for the long post.
I am trying to install Mint 13 Cinnamon x64 on my ThinkPad T520 Laptop alongside Windows 7 x64. This laptop has 2 different hard drives. The boot drive is an 80GB Intel mSATA SSD which has Windows 7 on it. The second hard drive is a 320GB Western Digital SATA drive used for extra storage. Both drives are encrypted using Bitlocker.
I started off by suspending Bitlocker (so I could change the boot process) and I made 50GB of unallocated space available on my secondary SATA drive for Mint. When I booted into the live CD and started the install process I picked the manual partitioning option. The installer saw my 2 partitions on my SSD, the 100mb boot partition and the rest was an unknown partition which is fine since it’s encrypted. However it didn’t see anything on my 320GB SATA drive. It showed the whole drive as free space which was not the case.
I figured that maybe the installer didn’t know any better since it was encrypted data so I decrypted the 320GB HDD and tried installing Mint again. Even with the drive decrypted, the installer only sees the 320GB HDD as free space which is a problem. Even GParted only sees the drive as free space.
Does anyone know why the installer and GParted only sees my HDD as free space? It can see all the partitions on my SSD just fine, including Windows 7 which is encrypted. Both drives use the MBR partition style and are simple disks (according to computer management in Windows)
See my next post for the fix.