View Full Version : [ubuntu] Please help, How to install ubuntu on second HD?

July 19th, 2008, 12:32 AM
Hi there

I have Dell Vostro (Intel Core2 Duo CPU T7500 @ 2.2GHz, 3GB Ram, Nvidia GeForce 8600GT Vista H.
This laptop has 2 Hard Drives (2x160 GB)

I have tried to install Ubuntu on the second HD and I have selected GRUB loader to be install on the same HD (hd1)(sdb) I don't want to have the grub loader on my (hd0)(sda) where my vista is installed. If I want to boot Linux Ubuntu F12 boot menu select boot from second HD. That is how I would like to have Vista & Linux Ubuntu on my laptop.

After installation F12 boot from second HD I have "Error 17 Cannot mount selected partition". I have spend 2 days trying to install Ubuntu 8.04

I have installed Ubuntu on my old laptop PIII 900Mhz and it works fine,(no windows installed)
I think, I am doing something wrong with (hd1)


1 welcome (select language)
2 Where are you? (City, time zone)
3 Keyboard layout
4 Prepare disk space
*Guided - resize partition (sda) vista
*Guided - use entire disk
(sdb) I selected this one
5 Who are you and password
7 Ready to install
*Advanced - Boot loader (device for boot loader installation) That is where I don't know what to choose I have tried (hd1) , dev/sdb , /dev/sdb1 , (hd1,0) It didn't work.

So where is the problem? (I am new to Linux, please write replies in English, not Linux)

Thank you


July 19th, 2008, 12:41 AM
Boot up from your liveCD and mount your HD with your Ubuntu installation on it. Open up the /boot/grub/menu.lst file and post that here. Also, run:

sudo fdisk -l
And post that here. That will list your partitions. Note that "-l" is a dash and a lower case L.

July 19th, 2008, 12:41 AM
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