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Problems with booting windows after linux install

by Mav_Destroyer / March 5, 2010 5:35 AM PST


I just installed Ubuntu Linux on my computer which already had Windows XP installed.
I'm kind of new to this so I'm pretty sure I messed up somewhere. The thing is I have two hard drives. one which had Windows already installed on it and a new hard drive I installed in my PC and had the ubuntu OS setup on it.

I disconnected my Windows drive while I was installing Ubuntu on Drive #2 (i think this is what i did wrong) since I was having a hard time getting the computer to detect it.

Now even though both hard drives are properly connected and detectable from the BIOS, the computer only boots to Ubuntu. Is there a way I can fix this?

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If the XP drive was disconnected during the
by lacsr / March 5, 2010 7:45 PM PST
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RE: If the XP drive was disconnected during the
by Mav_Destroyer / March 7, 2010 3:58 AM PST

both links just don't apply to my case as each OS is already installed (not in the process of installing linux) and both are installed on a separate HDD.

when i disconnect the linux HDD the computer boots to windows normally but when i reconnect it the computer automatically boots to linux and doesn't give me the option to boot to any other OS. changing the boot priority of the HDDs in the BIOS menu doesn't do anything, it still boots to linux anyway. now i have no idea what to do really.

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Grub boot manager
by Ray_moe / March 7, 2010 10:14 AM PST

Did you install grub boot manager in the Ubuntu install ??

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RE: Grub boot manager
by Mav_Destroyer / March 7, 2010 6:27 PM PST
In reply to: Grub boot manager

I don't know. i don't remember seeing anything about the GRUB boot manager during the ubuntu install. but i did download the super Grub disk from and install in while in windows (had to disconnect linux at that time) however when i rebooted with both HDDs connected nothing happend, it still booted to linux.
should i just reinstall linux with both HDDs connected? i might go with the text only install because the GUI install just doesn't seem to make any sense to me

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Grub boot manager
by Ray_moe / March 8, 2010 4:32 AM PST
In reply to: RE: Grub boot manager

As you have not told us which version of Ubuntu you are installing here is a general instruction.

Google can be your friend when in need.
Psychocats is a good tutorial for linux help.

I have two linux programs installed on my second drive and I used these instructions.
Both were installed while the drives were connected.
The gui is not difficult to use only needs a little thought before selecting some items

Good luck

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Think I see your problem
by Ol Rod / March 8, 2010 10:21 AM PST

I dual boot from two separate hard drives. To switch I must shut down, then at re-start I enter the BIOS. You didn't tell what computer you have, different ones are different at this point. On mine, I tap the "delete" key repeatedly at startup as soon as the screen lights up. Others may need to tap F8, or sometimes some other key. I hope you know how to navigate to "boot drive Priority" or some such name. Once there, you select which drive you wish to boot. To select, hilight the one you want, then tap the plus on the numpad to place your choice on top of the list and read the info at the bottom of that page. On mine, after I have placed one on top I tap F10 to apply the change, tap "esc" twice to get to front page of BIOS, then arrow down to "save and exit". That is the only way I can switch Hard Drives in my homebuilt.

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