I attempted to install Ubuntu onto a separate external HDD so whenever I could want to use it I’ll just plug it in and manually boot from it and when I don’t use it I’ll just boot from my laptop’s SSD as normal.
However I have no idea what has happened here but it seems to me the Windows will not boot unless this external HDD is in and ‘Windows boot manager is selected’ (see image here:http://postimg.org/image/lynvbz7yf/ ). When the external HDD is not plugged in a ‘Minimal bash like line’ message appears.
I really need to get my laptop back to shape; I’m not bothered by installing Linux onto my external HDD at present. How do I do this guys?
You managed to install the first stage of the Linux bootloader (GRUB) to the master boot record of the Windows drive, but stage 2 is on the external HDD … so now neither will be bootable unless both are plugged in
The solution is to
a) Without the external HDD attached, reinstall the Windows bootloader
b) With the external HDD attached, boot to an Ubuntu LiveCD/LiveUSB and reinstall GRUB stage one to the external HDD
Do you have a Windows installation disk ?
Do you have an Ubuntu installation disk ?
Which version of Windows are we talking about ?
Do you know how to reinstall the Windows bootloader ?
Do you know how to reinstall the GRUB bootloader to the external HDD ?
1.The main query of all: will I lose any files on my Windows OS? Should I take action before proceeding>
2. I do not have a Windows installation disk nor do I know what steps to take to reinstall the Windows boot loader (My OS is Windows 8.1). Can you advise please?
3. I have the Ubuntu LiveCD which I used for installation but I have no idea of what I need to do. Can you advise please?
I went onto step two (I know I shouldn’t but followed the link’s instructions) and now Windows won’t boot at all! Currently in the process of copying all my files onto another external HDD after booting onto Ubuntu (I can still access the files that I know are on my Windows machine) and preparing for the worst.
I apologise now for being impatient where do I go from here? I don’t have a Windows 81 disk (Toshiba didn’t supply it) but I am hoping something can be done as I can access everything I need when booted to Ubuntu.
If so check you have a valid Windows 8 or 8.1 key (probably on a sticker somewhere) … if you have one you’re going to want to create a Win8/.1 installation media
First you need to know that the keys are different for Windows 8 and 8.1 so you need to read the sticker and only get the version that the sticker says … if the sticker says “Windows 8” DO NOT get Windows 8.1, instead get Windows 8 and then updates will upgrade it to 8.1
Jumping in here, I learned a little bit first-hand about Windows 8 products keys & UEFI over the summer…
From what I can gather, OEMs don’t give out product keys anymore, ever. It is written into the UEFI BIOS, and matched against their “master disc” (think about the production of Windows machines at the OEM). They buy a bunch of keys from M$, then write one to each machine’s UEFI BIOS as they prep them for dispatch. This means, that you can’t reinstall Windows like you used to be able to. Your ONLY choice is to use their recovery partition, which is basically an ISO with the key pre-inserted. If you lose your recovery partition, the official line from M$ is to buy a new licence >:(
That said, this particular issue still seems like a bootloader issue. I say just install GRUB and have it chainload Windows by default (unless I’m missing the way it works under UEFI). Selecting Ubuntu will cause it to crash without the external HDD connected, but just don’t do that.
Edit: Can’t check those links at work, but they hint at getting round the problem I had. Maybe it’s a non-issue now!
I’m pretty sure Microsith who claim to only sell you (even via an OEM) a licence to “use” their software would get into some serious legal battles in the US if after buying and agreeing to said “licence” they then deny you a way to “use” it.
Microsith have always had a way to reinstall as long as you have a valid key … that’s what the digitalriver ISO’s were for.
They’re doing it slightly differently this time, but they’re still having to provide a way to access a copy on Win8 for people with a legit key.
The new method (no sticker, key in the BIOS) means a lot of peole won’t know how to get at their key though (I know I didn’t until I found that link) … so will probably just end up buying a retail license even though they already own a perfectly valid license.
I doubt if Microsith will be in any hurry to explain this … Joe Average didn’t know about the digitalriver ISO’s, and the teeny-tiny sith didn’t exactly go out of their way to inform people.
RasPi’s are great little machines, particularly for hobby/projects, but it depends what you want to use them for ?
They’re also not necessarily as cheap as you might at first think … by the time you add the cost of an SD card/USB keyboard/powered USB hub/power supply/wireless adapter/mouse/cables/etc. it may be cheaper to just buy a second hand laptop … there are quite a few XP laptops going cheap at the moment
Might be worth bidding on some cheap XP laptops on ebay (preferably dual core CPU and at least 1GB RAM)