1.    17 May 2017 #1
    Join Date : May 2017
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10 and Ubuntu

    Partition issue with Win10/Ubuntu dual-boot installation.


    I was running Win7 and Ubuntu. Win7 suddenly refused to boot, so I deleted the partition with plans to uninstall. Win7 didn't like the drive anymore (couldn't create or find system partition). I tried various attempts with diskpart to repair the bootsector and MBR, to no avail.

    Eventually, I ended up with a brand new drive and a brand new Win10 DVD. But I got the same error trying to install to the same drive. So I took out the Ubuntu drive (and the failed Win7 drive), which finally allowed me to install. So I have a nice healthy Win10 installation and 2 SSDs on my desk.

    1. Used to have Win7 which crapped out; should be blank (0 in all sectors) but probably has a messed up boot sector;

    2. Has a perfectly functional ZorinOS installation (ZorinOS is basically Ubuntu-GNOME with some extras).

    Questions:

    1. is there any danger to my Windows installation putting the ZorinOS drive back into the machine now that Windows is running, given that it seemed to have been blocking the installation of Windows?

    2. What about the blank one that may have a messed up boot sector (regarding danger to the healthy Windows drive)?

    3. Would it be best to remove the windows drive and put the ZorinOS one in, make sure grub is working, and then put the windows drive back in?

    4. Should I just boot up ZorinOS, grab my files, and then reformat/reinstall with all drives in?
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  2.    17 May 2017 #2
    Join Date : Jul 2015
    Posts : 9,360
    Windows 10 Pro

    As long as you are using the BIOS or UEFI boot menu to select which drive to boot from and not trying to set up a multi-boot menu on one of the drives, installing the other drives should not affect the Windows drive.
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