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Re: Updated today (3/4) and now I can't boot.
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2021, 11:57:37 AM »
 

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THANK YOU!  I had thought something similar to what you posted (although in very basic terms, which is my level of computer knowledge).

What I did in the beginning was set up Windows on one HD, Linux Lite on another, and "My Documents" on a third, so they could be accessed by either OS.

Did you have a chance to watch the videos I posted?  I was thinking maybe I the HD that Linux was on just crapped out on me...?  In case of that I just bought a new SSD, since it was only $20 for a 120gb drive!  I can just install the new HD and add the latest version of Lite.

Also - I have a power switch array installed in my computer that allows me to turn off power to each of the 3 HD's if I want to.

I wonder if I could Set up the boot order (ie: 1 WIN - 2 Linux - 3 etc) and if I turn off the power to 1 Win will it then boot to 2 Linux?

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Re: Updated today (3/4) and now I can't boot.
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2021, 12:23:59 PM »
 

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THANK YOU!  I had thought something similar to what you posted [...]

You're welcome! Glad to help, if I can! :)

What I did in the beginning was set up Windows on one HD, Linux Lite on another, and "My Documents" on a third, so they could be accessed by either OS.

OK, I see here a good thinking! :)
This is how you can backup, on an "as needed" base, instead of backing up the whole thing...

Did you have a chance to watch the videos I posted?

Yes, I did, this was something necessary to be able to figure out what was wrong.

[...]I just bought a new SSD, since it was only $20 for a 120 gb drive!  I can just install the new HD and add the latest version of Lite.

A great idea, 120 GB is enough for one installation. Best of all, you get a great speed! :)

Also - I have a power switch array installed in my computer that allows me to turn off power to each of the 3 HD's if I want to.
I wonder if I could Set up the boot order (ie: 1 WIN - 2 Linux - 3 etc) and if I turn off the power to 1 Win will it then boot to 2 Linux?

Never used something like that. Might work, so test it, and if it works, it's OK.
I can hardly see any danger in testing. Nothing changes, except that one drive looks like "has vanished".
If you set the OSes right (with GRUB on the OS' physical drive, as I explained previously), this should work fine.

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Re: Updated today (3/4) and now I can't boot.
« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2021, 04:06:35 PM »
 

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...If you set the OSes right (with GRUB on the OS' physical drive, as I explained previously), this should work fine...

I guess the best way to do that would be to install the new Linux Lite on the new HD with the other Windows HD turned "off" when doing so...?
 

Re: Updated today (3/4) and now I can't boot.
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2021, 02:26:21 AM »
 

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I guess the best way to do that would be to install the new Linux Lite on the new HD with the other Windows HD turned "off" when doing so...?
Yes, it helps you avoid confusing the drives at installation.
Still, if you are careful enough, and you choose the right device in the "GRUB installation drive" ComboBox, all things work fine. I did it many times using external drives to setup a distro I wanted to test. I never enjoyed very much VMs since those are fake installations and many times a real installation on real hardware leads to impredictible results. Virtual Machines, might EMULATE many things, but "many" is very different from ALL HARDWARE.
So what I just told, is "hot tested" many times, on real hardware.
Hope you'll succeed! :)
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Re: Updated today (3/4) and now I can't boot.
« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2021, 09:38:16 PM »
 

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Thank you for the help.

I ended up re-installing Linux as we discussed.  Now I just hit F12 and decide where to boot.  It was easier with GRUB, until GRUB messed up, so now I will do it this way.

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Re: Updated today (3/4) and now I can't boot.
« Reply #20 on: March 22, 2021, 07:55:31 AM »
 

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Thank you for the help.

I ended up re-installing Linux as we discussed.  Now I just hit F12 and decide where to boot.  It was easier with GRUB, until GRUB messed up, so now I will do it this way.

SOLVED!

Happy to hear that news! :)
GRUB is still in place, booting Linux. But this will prevent any further messing of the Windows installation.
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