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    Default Re: 13.1 - Fresh installed, and now i can't boot.

    You need to remake the connections to be sure.

    Now, just for checking. Boot with only this problem HD connected and see if it shows in fdisk

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    Default Re: 13.1 - Fresh installed, and now i can't boot.

    Ok. I disconnected my windows drive, and disconnected/reconnected the troublesome linux drive.

    I went into the rescue mode, and tried all 3 fdisk commands, but none of them gave any response that included anything about sda. ( or any clues that there is even a drive hooked up.)

    Speaking from another family members computer atm so i don't have to keep rebooting the other machine.

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    Default Re: 13.1 - Fresh installed, and now i can't boot.

    Is it a new drive? Sounds like it died. Do you see or hear any activity?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gogalthorp View Post
    Is it a new drive? Sounds like it died. Do you see or hear any activity?
    The drive came out of a 2 year old laptop that had been dropped on the floor.
    The screen was essentially ripped away from the keyboard.

    As for activity, i don't know how to see if there is activity, other than it being slightly warm to the touch after it has been on.

    But for it's age, it should have been fine.

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    The drive ran perfectly clear through the linux installation, and grub is being found on the drive, somehow.

    That should mean that the drive is fine, right?

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    Default Re: 13.1 - Fresh installed, and now i can't boot.

    No

    A drive can fail anytime for a bunch of reasons.

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    Ordering a new Drive wouldn't be a problem, for times sake, but i thought it might be better to try and troubleshoot this drive.

    Any good suggestions for a drive? I'm needing this linux drive very soon for a project i have coming up.

    I've heard that HDDs require more power, due to there motors, and that SSDs are much faster, but can cost more.

    Not sure what i should go with.
    The windows drive is a 1tb hdd, should i try to get a twin drive? or would that matter?


    I'm not big on the whole "Building" part of PCs, but i did manage to build the one that i'm using. =)

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    Default Re: 13.1 - Fresh installed, and now i can't boot.

    There is no harm using just your 1 HDD
    Assuming the partition table will permit!?

    If it's a MBR table it can only have 4 Primary partitions

    Perhaps you can show us?
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    Yep, this drive is setup to MBR.


    The reason i was wanting a separate drive was for web testing on a temp server.
    Which is why i had my partitions set the way they were. (see op)

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    Default Re: 13.1 - Fresh installed, and now i can't boot.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheJanitor View Post
    The drive ran perfectly clear through the linux installation, and grub is being found on the drive, somehow.

    That should mean that the drive is fine, right?
    Check the brand of HD, then go to the drive manufacturer's website. They should have a free downloadable tool to fully test & setup the drive. They will also have jumper configuration information, and your problem might be as simple as the drive jumper settings. Also, if you are using a drive cable with two drive connectors, try the Drive on one connector, and then on the other if it doesn't work on the first on. I have seen both these situations cause a drive not to work many times in the past.

    Or, if you have Hiren's Boot CD or the Ultimate Boot CD (both free, available online), they have HD testing tools.

    If it passes the tests, then we should be able to get it set up & running.

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