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Dual Booting Linux Mint / Windows 7

Last response: in Linux/Free BSD
August 12, 2012 9:20:33 PM


I currently have a 120 GB SSD drive installed with Windows 7 and a TB disk drive that I've been using for misc storage. I'm aiming to reformat the TB drive and create a small partition to install Linux Mint for dual booting purposes. I've done dual booting along side with Windows 7 before, that is on the same hard drive, but I've never done so using two different HD's. My question is how can I setup a way to give me the option to boot into Windows 7 or Linux Mint at the time the computer starts without going into the BIOS and changing the boot order (which is the only way I see at the moment for dual booting with two HD's). Can anyone point me in the right direction here? Also, I apologize if this is the wrong section, wasn't sure which forum fit best :p  Cheers.
August 12, 2012 10:24:04 PM

Suggest either using EasyBCD
or editing GRUB2
after installing Mint on hdd.
a b $ Windows 7
August 13, 2012 5:03:17 PM

follow these steps very carefully for trouble free dualboot:
1. install windows, leave empty space for linux-mint.
2. install linux-mint in empty space, and install grub (overwrites MBR)
3. run 'sudo update-grub'

update-grub is ubuntu/mint script to automagically find other OS installations and add them to grub.