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    I can't boot to my Ubuntu, after a brand new install of Windows on a new SSD

    I had issues with my SSD that was running Windows (really poor health), I got a new one and installed a brand new install of Windows 11. Then when I rebooted afterwards I was seeing black screen with
    Code:
    failed to open \EFI\UBUNTU\grubx64.efi - not found
    .

    The first thing I did was to setup a Ubuntu bootable USB, and use Try-Ubuntu feature to access the terminal and install and fix my issues with boot-repair, the issues was that I could only get info about the issue, there wasn't a recommended fix button at all. I started to panic after that .

    Here is the pastebin I got from boot-repair, I'm really not sure what can I do.

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    Re: I can't boot to my Ubuntu, after a brand new install of Windows on a new SSD

    I hope you had a good backup of your Ubuntu install. I don't see any version of it installed, only remnants of the boot files presumably from the previous installation.

    Wait for others to comment, but be prepared to do a fresh install.

    Sorry the news is not more positive.

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    Re: I can't boot to my Ubuntu, after a brand new install of Windows on a new SSD

    Two versions of Windows but no sign of Ubuntu
    Line 102 - OS#1: Windows 8 or 10 on nvme0n1p2
    Line 103 - OS#2: Windows 10 or 11 on nvme1n1p2

    Both systems seem to be installed in Legacy/mbr mode as shown by:-
    Line 5 - Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/nvme0n1.
    Line 6 - Windows is installed in the MBR of /dev/nvme1n1.

    If you look at lines 217 - 231, there aren't any Linux partitions.

    Your disk sda has an ESP containing an Ubuntu boot file but the disk only has ntfs and vfat partitions.
    Was Ubuntu originally on this disk?
    I'm really not sure what can I do.
    Briefly.
    Back up your data
    Re-install Windows 11 on one disk in UEFI mode with GPT
    Install Ubuntu 22.04 on second disk in UEFI mode with GPT
    Only have the target disk available when installing so that each disk has an ESP.

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    Re: I can't boot to my Ubuntu, after a brand new install of Windows on a new SSD

    I expect you have not had much experience installing operating systems based on the information you posted. As others have indicated, you overwrote your Ubuntu install completely by not selecting the proper drive.. I've not installed windows 11 but, with windows 10 there was a Custom install option which allows the user to select specific drives/partitions or free space on which to install. This was immediately after the EULA page at the beginning of the install. Might bear this in mind for future installs. Another simple thing to do is to disconnect all physical drives you do not want to install to if possible.

    Does your windows boot? I would expect not as you don't have any EFI partition on the SSD drives, both of which are GPT. Is the drive referred to as sda the old drive still attached which has the EFI partition and boot files?
    Last edited by yancek; December 17th, 2023 at 12:14 PM.

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    Re: I can't boot to my Ubuntu, after a brand new install of Windows on a new SSD

    Thanks for all of the comments.

    I'm familiar with Partition stage of the Windows installation, and really didn't format the SSD that contained my Ubuntu. I selected my new SSD, formatted it, and continued with the installation. I can access both of my Windows 11 installation, running on those two separate SSD's but not the Ubuntu.

    I was afraid of that scenario, but seems I made a huge mistake not firstly unplugging my drives.
    Last edited by ew0ny; December 17th, 2023 at 08:03 PM.

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    Re: I can't boot to my Ubuntu, after a brand new install of Windows on a new SSD

    I believe this has something to do with my SSD containing the Ubuntu, because I can't seem to find it connected via BIOS, I can see that 2 x M2 slots are taken, and 1 SATA, but actually should be 2 SATA (one for my SSD and one for my HDD)

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    Re: I can't boot to my Ubuntu, after a brand new install of Windows on a new SSD

    Remove the three known disks and see if the "unknown" disk boots into Ubuntu.

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