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I have Linux Mint booted with UEFI, can I then have a Windows 7 HDD without?

  • Linux Mint
  • Windows 7
  • Hard Drives
Last response: in Open Source Software
June 11, 2014 1:38:22 PM

Hi everyone, very simple question for y'all,

I currently have Linux Mint 17 64-bit on my SSD, booted via UEFI, and I'd like to install a copy of Windows 7 on my HDD. I'm only going to use half of the HDD for the windows partition, and the other half will still be mounted on the Linux OS for data storage.

Here's the catch: my Windows cannot boot from UEFI. SO, will I be unable to switch between the OS' without going into my Gigabyte mobos bios every startup and changing between UEFI and Legacy? And even if I can, will this mess up my data storage from Mint on the other partition on the HDD?


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June 13, 2014 3:56:45 AM

If one is installed in uefi and the other legacy then yes, you have to switch in the BIOS each time. Your shared data drive should not be a problem.

Personally I would reinstall Mint in legacy mode after installing windows. Probably the easiest solution.