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Installing Linux Mint 15 on seperate HD from W7 with its own partition at the end. (Don't want dual boot)

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The Vertex III (C) is the drive with windows 7.
The Vertex IV (G) has my main games that benefit from fast loading times on it.
The MAX IOPS (F) is blank right now and just waiting to be filled.
The WD Black (E) is the drive with most games and my personal files/programs on it.

Just to be clear, I'm not interested in dual booting linux and windows. I want to choose via F8 when I use Linux.

The 100 Gb of unallocated space is where I wish to install linux. I went about installing it to that unallocated space and made a 1 Gb swap partition and then the rest was for the main file system. I also installed the boot loader to that main file system portion (not the NTFS E drive partition). When I rebooted the computer and attempted to boot from that drive it said something to the effect of "no boot loader detected". From my understanding this is because it looks for it at the beginning of the drive and because it was on the third partition after creating the swap the computer was unable to detect it. Is there any way to go about installing linux and the boot loader in that unallocated space and be able to boot from that drive when I want to? If not is it safe to install the boot loader to the NTFS portion (E) or will that wipe the drive and all my dear information?

The last easiest option I suppose would be to install it to the F drive but I don't really care to use a 256 Gb SSd for linux if I can just install it to a 100 Gb partition to mess around with.

I hope this wasn't to convoluted. Thanks in advance for any advice with regards to this.
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The bootloader must be written to the MBR ( /dev/sdX, just the drive letter ( under linux ), no number ) if there is no other bootloader to chainload to the needed partition where you want to install Linux.



Your hypothetical situation for your wanted setup would be;

Windows Bootloader loads, you choose Linux, it then chainloads to Grub, you choose your Linux distribution in Grub and then it loads Linux. ( thus, a set up that is more kin to dual booting, which you do not want as per OP )


But in your case, you don't have a bootloader ( Windows Bootloader, grub, or any others ) installed to tell it that there's an operating system on that partition. You just have an install with grub on it's own that isn't being initiated because it isn't installed to the MBR and found during boot.
Edited by Shrak - 5/22/13 at 1:50pm
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So I can install the linux bootloader to the caviar black drive without risk of file loss (since it is just being installed to the MBR of the drive) and then it would recognize the linux distro installed in the unallocated space?
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Yes.
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Everything seemed to go according to plan! Much appreciated!
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