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Hey guys,
So i've been trying to learn some linux and decided to setup my laptop's ssd to dualboot Mint cinnamon. So put the image on my ssd and got into the installing where i split what was my windows partition into two partitions and installed mint on the second one.
The problem is that now I can't boot either OS off the partition and when i start up my laptop it goes straight to attempting to boot from the NIC despite that being last on the boot order.
I've tried reinstalling mint on the partition and have taken the ssd out and tested it in a desktop but have not made any headway. It's a 256GB crucial m4 msata ssd and i'd really like to see it dualbooting windows and Linux Mint but idk what to do at this point.
I've removed the second partition through the flash drive(since you can essentially boot into mint and thats how you initiate the installer) and restored it to the original one large partition with just windows on it but it still won't boot. I'm quite sure the ssd isn't dead as I can still browse through the file system from the mint flash drive or the other computer.

If anybody has any ideas how i could fix this and even more if you could help me setup the dualbooting then I'd greatly appreciate it. I've dualbooted OS's before but never with this computer and not in a while.
Thanks, i'd really appreciate any thoughts on the problem.
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In the mint installer you have the option to repair the master boot record and leave the windows partition alone. It will use Mint's boot loader by default so that should address the boot problems. If you are unfamiliar with the way the Linux partitions work, leave it to auto and make sure that you set the installation to run Mint and Windows side by side. Reinstalling Mint over the Linux created partition should repair all the issues. If that still doesn't work, I beleive that you can boot from the windows install disk and have it repair the MBR and use the windows boot loader instead. Doing this will not allow for Mint to be selected at boot up, so you will have to run the Mint install again. I'd recommend installing the two operating systems on different drives.
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Sorry for the late response but what would be the disadvantage of placing the operating systems on separate drives as opposed to having them on different partitions of the SSD?
I could install linux on my data drive that's in my laptop however windows still accesses that so i'd still have to make another partition on it for the linux operating system so as not to lose my data.
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Sorry for the late response but what would be the disadvantage of placing the operating systems on separate drives as opposed to having them on different partitions of the SSD?
I could install linux on my data drive that's in my laptop however windows still accesses that so i'd still have to make another partition on it for the linux operating system so as not to lose my data.

One drive goes down, OS installed on your other drive still works.
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One drive goes down, OS installed on your other drive still works.
Is that the only real advantage to it? Do you guys think i should install Linux and windows 7 on the SSD or put linux on my Data drive?
Any idea how much better linux peforms on an SSD as opposed to an HDD?
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