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Thread: mint 16 cinnamon dual boot alongside windows 8

  1. #1
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    Mar 2014

    mint 16 cinnamon dual boot alongside windows 8

    hi Guys,
    I am new to linux. I tried installing mint 16 alongside windows 8 but i messed up. Now i cant boot neither mint nor windows 8. I've tried boot repair but it made the situation worse. Now even the boot screen is gone. . Please guide me linux gurus. Thanks

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    SW Forida
    Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial Xerus

    Re: mint 16 cinnamon dual boot alongside windows 8

    Moved to other OS since Windows & Mint.

    You converted your Windows to dynamic partitions, shown as SFS in fdisk.
    That does not work with Linux nor some Windows tools as it is a logical partition scheme over the physical partitions.

    Microsofts offical policy is a full backup, erase dynamic partitions and create new basic partitions. There is no undo.
    Dynamic volume is a Microsoft proprietary format developed together with Veritas (now acquired by Symantec) for logical volumes.
    You may be use a third-party tool, such as Partition Wizard MiniTool or EASEUS to convert a convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk without having to delete or format them.
    I've never used any of these and so I can't be sure they will work.Be sure to have good backups as any major partition change has risks.
    Dynamic also on gpt as LDM
    From Linux view LDM

    Used EASEUS Partition Master - free version used to include conversion
    EASEUS Partition Master - The free home edition converted both dynamic partitions into basic partitions in less than 5 minutes!!

    Several users have used this, it has a liveCD download to use but you have to use the non-free version:
    MiniTool Partition Wizard Professional Edition 5.2 to convert without loss of data the disk from dynamic disk to a basic disk.
    also used Partition Wizard to set an existing partition logical instead of primary
    Converted from dynamic with MiniTool, & repaired windows
    Partition wizard repaired NTFS partition table that gparted could not see with disk label error

    EASEUS Partition Master
    Partition Wizard
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