Double HDD help

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  1. Xninjacat

    Xninjacat New Member

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    I have 2 drives in my computer
    1 is windows 7
    2 is debian linux

    I have WIN7 drive set as slave and Linux drive set as master.
    But when i try to boot, it boots right to windows.

    When i disable/unplug the WIN7drive it just gives me a black screen and a white line.
     
  2. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    I don't know a lot about Linux, but how did you set up the boot originally, and have you changed the drive order in the bios or disconnected and reconnected a drive so as to cause the order to be changed?
     
  3. Xninjacat

    Xninjacat New Member

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    I originally plugged Linux into a cd/dvd cable(I have no idea how) then I asked my older brother who set it up on another pc, I gave that pc to my little brother as i got another one and took my linux drive with me. any way he told me i had it plugged into the wrong cable so i plugged it into the same one my main hard drive(WIN7) was plugged into. I then went into bios set windows as slave and linux as master.
     
  4. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Hi

    It sound like the bootloader doesn't have Linux as an option to boot to.

    Try downloading and running EasyBCD.

    You can use the Add tab to add Linux as a bootable option and put it first in the boot sequence and give to give you a boot menu.
    You can decide how long you want the computer to wait before going ahead with the boot, what to beet to etc.

    Welcome to EasyBCD 2.0! | The NeoSmart Files

    Mike
     
  5. Xninjacat

    Xninjacat New Member

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    Thanks Mike!
    It worked and i could go to windows 7 and linux but when i booted to linux i get a black screen with a white blinking bar like it's about to type something except it doesn't.
    Could this be because my linux hard drive was wiped of it's OS?
     
  6. MikeHawthorne

    MikeHawthorne Essential Member
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    Hi

    Can you see your Linux drive from Windows 7 in Windows Explorer?

    You should be able to see what's on it and if you have anything important back it up.

    Once you've backed up any data on the drive, I would format the drive and re-install Linux.
    If it doesn't automatically create a boot menu then use EasyBCD again.

    I use Ubuntu sometimes, but I have it on a DVD that will boot my computer, not on a hard drive.

    Right now I'm running Windows 7 on my C:\ drive and Windows 8 on a partition on my D:\ drive.
    When I boot into Ubuntu I can see and change anything in my computer.

    Before you re-install Linux make a partition for it instead of just installing it on the whole drive.

    It's easy to do in Disk Management, especially on a clean just formatted drive.
    Nothing to lose. LOL

    Don't make the partition too small, I did that with my Windows 8 partition and now it's hard to make it bigger with everything already on it.

    I thought that 50 Gigabytes was plenty but even with most of my software on another drive it's tight. I should have erred on the large side.

    This article may be helpful....

    Dual-Boot Windows 7 and Ubuntu in Perfect Harmony

    Mike
     
    #6 MikeHawthorne, Mar 22, 2012
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  7. Saltgrass

    Saltgrass Excellent Member
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    That normally happens because the boot is not seeing the OS. Try using EasyBCD again and see which partition/drive it is pointing to. The NeoSmart Technologies site has a Wiki that goes through many scenarios.
     

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