Hi Tom.I've got 2 SATA and 1 IDE hard drive in my system. Windows Vista is on SATA 1. Windows 7 and Ubuntu are on SATA 2. IDE only contains data files.
When I installed Windows 7 it did create that 100MB partition. No big deal. When I ran the installer the SATA 1 (Vista drive) was the primary (1st boot) device in BIOS. Still no problem. When I installed Ubuntu the SATA 1 (Vista drive) was still the primary (1st boot) device in BIOS. This resulted in GRUB being installed to the MBR of SATA 1 Vista drive.
My concern is this: If I install EasyBCD will it still be able to boot my Ubuntu Linux OS? Previously I had trouble with EasyBCD complaining about GRUB Loader not found, and could not boot Linux anymore.
Once again, EasyBCD is not the boot manager, it is only a tool for modifying the Vista/7 BCD, which tells the bootmgr where to find the OSes on your computer.If I install EasyBCD, which drive is best suited? Should I make SATA 2 (Win 7) primary (1st boot) in BIOS, load EasyBCD to that SATA 2 drive, and allow that to be my boot manager?
Not exactly...If I do that, then each time I tell it to boot Vista I'll have to go through the GRUB menu again, which would be a pain. Ideally I'd like 1 boot manager to control booting to any OS without taking me through a 2nd menu.
Yes, it can, but be advised, installing Mac OS X will overwrite the W7 MBR, and you'll lose your boot menu. However, you can get it back by simply running Startup Repair from the W7 dvd.Just to complicate things even more, I'm going to load OS X onto my remaining partition on the SATA 2 (Win 7) drive. Can EasyBCD also manage booting into Mac OS X? I think there's a Mac icon in there, but haven't tested it yet.