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Installed mint 19.1 correctly but directly restart to windows 7.

1976

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Hello,
I hav a 2012 manufactured samsung notebook laptop: Intel-i3([email protected])/4GBs RAM/750GBs HDD/BIOS with UEFI support(which i have disabled in BIOS).I wanted to replace windows with mint without erasing other drives as i have media and other personal files in Those(those= drives other than C drive) drives. so i chose "somehing else" during the install process but in the partitioning dialog box i was able to find only 2 partition which were:
a) /dev/sda1 :ntfs :218.63 GiB.
b) unallocated which is 480 GiB.
So i created a ext4 primary partition with 409600 MiB with mount point '/' and thought that i will delete windows c drive later(later=after installing mint)so everything got right(right=installation complete) and then setup asked me to reboot or stay so i taped reboot but when my machine restarted it loaded windows directly without leting me to choose the OS i want to boot and that too in a situation where my windows was unable to start and it asked me to startup repair but i had no backup so my machine is i think bricked but my mint USB drive is still bootable so plese tell what i have to do to now as im o_O now...
 
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TechnoJunky

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In your message, one of the first things you say is you disabled UEFI in BIOS. When did you do this? Did Window work afterwards? Doing this should cause any OS installed to no longer work. So if you did it and then installed Linux the first thing I'd suggest going back into the BIOS/UEFI and set it back to the original setting. The only thing you need/should change is Secure Boot and change that to No. Windows doesn't require it (MS wants it, but doesn't require it) and I've heard some distros won't work with it on. With UEFI setup you'll need an /EFI partition, mine is 100 MB. You then should have your Windows partition and Linux partition. Hopefully at this point your Windows will boot up.
 

1977

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In your message, one of the first things you say is you disabled UEFI in BIOS. When did you do this? Did Window work afterwards? Doing this should cause any OS installed to no longer work. So if you did it and then installed Linux the first thing I'd suggest going back into the BIOS/UEFI and set it back to the original setting. The only thing you need/should change is Secure Boot and change that to No. Windows doesn't require it (MS wants it, but doesn't require it) and I've heard some distros won't work with it on. With UEFI setup you'll need an /EFI partition, mine is 100 MB. You then should have your Windows partition and Linux partition. Hopefully at this point your Windows will boot up.
Hello
Thanku for ur precious time,
i(1976 is me ,i forgot my password so i created new account) dont want to recover windows but completely wipe it and install mint 19.1 in place of win but not ready to wipe other drives other than drive-C ,in my previous post i was just giving information that my windows got damaged as i thought it might prove helpful about getting in the situation.As u said about enabling UEFI support in my BIOS ,in first 2 installations which got failed due to some reasions were done with this feature enabled in the BIOS but then i disabled it so istallation got completely done and after installation mint setup asked me to either to stay and test mint live or restart my machine to continue so i click restart and machine got restarted but the problem arose when machine did not ask me about " do i want to boot windows or linux mint tessa " and insted boot windows directly.
 

TechnoJunky

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I understand, you don't want to keep Windows for the long term. However, you also said you're installing Linux to the unallocated space, rather than erasing C and combining SDA1 with the unallocated space, which lead me to believe you wanted to keep Windows and have Linux too for a while.

Regardless, what seems to be occurring is that your booting to the "C" drive and there's nothing in the MBR about Linux. There's 2 possible reasons for this that I can think of. 1)BIOS is pointing to a different hard drive as your primary or 2) During the install of Linux, you somehow changed which drive would contain the boot loader. So first, I'd go into the BIOS and ensure that the computer is booting up to the same hard drive you think it is. Then I'd install Linux again. This time when you get to the screen where you choose which hard drive/partition to install Linux to, make sure that the boot loader is pointed to SDA.
 

1977

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I understand, you don't want to keep Windows for the long term. However, you also said you're installing Linux to the unallocated space, rather than erasing C and combining SDA1 with the unallocated space, which lead me to believe you wanted to keep Windows and have Linux too for a while.

Regardless, what seems to be occurring is that your booting to the "C" drive and there's nothing in the MBR about Linux. There's 2 possible reasons for this that I can think of. 1)BIOS is pointing to a different hard drive as your primary or 2) During the install of Linux, you somehow changed which drive would contain the boot loader. So first, I'd go into the BIOS and ensure that the computer is booting up to the same hard drive you think it is. Then I'd install Linux again. This time when you get to the screen where you choose which hard drive/partition to install Linux to, make sure that the boot loader is pointed to SDA.
Thanku for giving ur precious time in helping me out,
Today, i erased c-drive through a windows7-install-media and then installed linux mint by creating 409600MB primary partition with '/' mount point at the beginning of the space and installation got done correctly but when system rebooted there was written Bootmgr not found press clt+alt+del to restart then i tried one more way to install mimt which accidently erased my whole hard disk so i chose to use full hard disk for linux mint during installation by deleting all other partitions other than my linux mint Usb drive and then dedicated the full disk to mint.
But i have a request to u that plese write all the situations of which u were writing above as some other linux user might find ur knowledge helpful and extremely sorry if u did not like the way i requested and write my questions and answers as i think my english is not up to the mark.Hope u understand.
:)
 
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1977

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As i have mentioned above that i erased my whole hdd and then installed mint so is there a way to get at least the .html,.txt,... Files back(i meam to say that i want to recover these files) as i had my bookmark files and many more important data so do i create a seperate thread in the forums for this.
 

atanere

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As i have mentioned above that i erased my whole hdd and then installed mint so is there a way to get at least the .html,.txt,... Files back(i meam to say that i want to recover these files) as i had my bookmark files and many more important data so do i create a seperate thread in the forums for this.
Hi 1976/1977... sorry to hear your troubles. I might normally suggest that a new thread for data recovery would be good, but this thread is short enough, and I'm afraid that the data recovery aspect of your trouble is going to be fairly short also. That's because I'm afraid you will not have much luck getting your files back.

Not all hope is lost yet though. I just mentioned this tool to someone in another thread, and it may indeed help you too. But I am not familiar with how to use it, so you would very much need to educate yourself with the documentation, FAQ's, and examples that are provided so that you may learn how to use it yourself.

And more hope yet... many people on here are much smarter than me! :D So be patient, and perhaps someone will give you better advice.

Good luck!
 

TechnoJunky

Active Member
In 2008 I used Testdisk to recover my drive and it worked. Unfortunately it was so long ago I don't remember any details and I'm sure it's changed a lot since then. But give it a try and good luck.
 

1977

New Member
Hi 1976/1977... sorry to hear your troubles. I might normally suggest that a new thread for data recovery would be good, but this thread is short enough, and I'm afraid that the data recovery aspect of your trouble is going to be fairly short also. That's because I'm afraid you will not have much luck getting your files back.

Not all hope is lost yet though. I just mentioned this tool to someone in another thread, and it may indeed help you too. But I am not familiar with how to use it, so you would very much need to educate yourself with the documentation, FAQ's, and examples that are provided so that you may learn how to use it yourself.

And more hope yet... many people on here are much smarter than me! :D So be patient, and perhaps someone will give you better advice.

Good luck!
Thanking you for ur great help (that tool test disk) and sorry for replyin after such a long time but I have one more question that if I just keep my laptop as it is and recover my data after 7-8 months then will the possibility of recovery of my data get reduced if yes then will charging it after every 1month will also affect. Plese tell in detail Sir as im complete blank and no idea. Thankyou
 

atanere

Moderator
Gold Supporter
I just keep my laptop as it is and recover my data after 7-8 months then will the possibility of recovery of my data get reduced
The longer you continue to use the laptop, the greater the chance of losing more and more data with every day you delay. Your computer constantly writes data to your hard drive, stuff you don't think about, like loading a web page, etc. Writing new data every day is probably going to overwrite the stuff you want to recover, then making recovery impossible.

Charging your battery neither helps your problem, nor makes it any worse. Using the computer, and writing new data to the hard drive is the problem you face if you want to recover lost files.
 

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