I want to install Linux Mint 18.3 alongside Win 10. I do not have Win 10 installation disks, so I am following this tutorial: https://www.tecmint.com/install-linux-m ... uefi-mode/.
Here is what I am able to do (before running into problems):
- Make room for a Mint partition by shrinking the Windows disk space allocation from within Win 10 (I freed up 100GB of unallocated space)
- "Burn" the Mint .iso to a USB
- Boot into Mint from the USB
- Run programs in Mint using the USB (e.g. connect to network, start GParted, start "Install Linux Mint")
How can I get the Mint installer to recognize the laptop's hard drive so I can install Mint on my laptop?
Side note #1: I read somewhere that BIOS vs "UEFI" can cause problems. I am not sure of the difference, but when I hit F2 during boot-up, a screen comes up that looks to me like a BIOS screen and it says "BIOS Version: 6TCN29WW". I assumed that meant I had BIOS and not UEFI... but then I noticed one of the Win 10 partitions was devoted to EFI and in the "BIOS"(?) screen under "Boot" it says "Boot Mode: UEFI." (I am not able to change this, as far as I can tell.) However, the tutorial I am using seems to suggest that the BIOS-UEFI problem is that a BIOS-configured USB "won't boot" if a UEFI configuration is required. Since my USB booted I assume that this was not the cause of my problem-? (Also my USB has an "EFI System Partition" on it so apparently it's set up for UEFI anyway but idk.)
Side note #2: I read somewhere that you can only have four primary partitions on your hard drive, so I checked in Win 10 and the following volumes were present:
- EFI System Partition
- Recovery Partition
- Windows (primary partition)
- LENOVO (primary partition)
Side note #3: I read somewhere that you have to turn off "Fast Boot" in Win 10 and "Secure Boot" in the BIOS and maybe create a BIOS security password to unlock more options, so I did all of that. No change; Mint installer still does not recognize the hard drive.