So I have 2 hard drives, I originally installed a SATA 160gb drive on this Desktop. The first OS to be installed was XP Pro Retail that I had laying around.
Next I purchased an OEM copy of Vista 32bit and installed that over the XP Pro. To my knowledge this was perfectly fine all that it left was a Windows.old file on the drive.
As time went by the 160gb drive filled up and since the newer, better OS Windows 7 had been released I purchased Windows 7 OEM 64 bit and a new 500gb SATA drive and placed both into the machine installing the W7 onto the new drive for a completely clean install.
Up till this point I've had both hard drives in the machine and I left it as such when I boot I can select either the Vista 32bit on the 160gb drive, or the Win 7 64bit on the 500gb drive. Having moved all my files over and exceedingly happy with the new performance, you can probably guess at which one I use more.
Recently I've been looking into Ubuntu 10.10 and I wanted to give Linux a whirl. And so I downloaded the Ubuntu 64bit copy to the Windows 7 drive and created a USB boot drive with the directions provided on the Ubuntu site. I had planned on cleaning off Windows Vista / whatever was left, if anything of XP off of the 160gb drive and using that as a Linux playground.
(Now is where it gets a bit odd)
I have plugged the USB ubuntu drive in and boot the PC, however the PC completely ignores the drive and wants to go straight to the option to boot from either the 2 hard drives. Thinking it was an issue with having 2 drives in at once and wanting to make sure I didn't screw something up. I then unplugged the Windows 7 drive from both power and SATA and once again tried a reboot. Still no luck.
I decided to test the USB's functionality and when I access the application the drive works and Ubuntu 10.10 shows a small window asking me if I want to run a Demo / then Install, Install in Windows, or view online documentation. If I select the Demo/Install it tells me I need to reboot and boot via the USB. If I choose to install in Windows I'm simply left with a small sliver of hard drive space for the Ubuntu install and whatever issues Vista had previously to slow it down like a dead elephant.
I then tried it manually by rebooting this time, holding down the F12 key which I'm assuming should be the default for boot menu but this desktop seems to want to ignore that too. And being a bit of an oddity, it still shows both windows options on the boot manager screen. At this point I am rattling around a few ideas in my head as to what it could be and if it may have to do with either or both boot.ini files for the computer.
I figured I'd plug back in the Windows 7 drive, and access that very useful Computer Management utility and use the Disk Management tool and I figured I'd just simply Format the D: drive (windows vista) well.... no go on that one as well I get back and error "Windows cannot format the system partition on this drive". So I look it up online and someone says its a simple fix of selecting the C: drive (windows 7) and right clicking > making active. Well I did that and sadly.... it still bounces back the same error when I try to format the D: drive.
The whole object at this point is just to have 2 drives, Same desktop. C: drive Windows 7 64bit and D: drive Ubuntu 10.10 ... ideas?
Many Thanks in Advance,
Edited by Crazy49er, 23 March 2011 - 11:07 AM.