Recently decided to finally take the jump to Linux. Not being tech savvy I’ve tried my best but run into problems. I’ve searched the net high and low, nothing seems exactly like my problem and those which are similar I’m worried about losing data by giving commands I’ve no idea what they are doing.
So anyways problem is as follows. I’m using a Windows 7 Dell Inspiron N5110 laptop, I had an old 80GB partition on my HD for Flight Simulator which I wiped, renamed and allocated for Linux.
Put Elementary on to a USB drive, installed alongside windows to the 80GB partition. Install worked great, no problems; successfully installed. Said I needed to reboot to complete the install which I did but on restart the laptop started windows as normal.
I’ve looked in BIOS and Elementary/Ubuntu/Linux or anything else are not there to chose as a boot option. Just the standard diskette, USB, Network etc.
I ran the virtual version of elementary and used a program that was recommended, something partition. It clearly shows the 80GB partition, the files have installed to the destination, nothing looks broken or corrupted amongst the files.
It’s win 7 not 8 or beyond so I don’t even think it has a safe boot option but after searching the web it recommended this may be the problem but it isn’t because the option isn’t even there.
When I used the partition app in Elementary it did even tell me where the partition was mounted to so I’m convinced it has installed correctly.
At a total guess, from someone non tech-savvy; it’s almost as if Elementary has installed but the bootloader app hasn’t or the laptop doesn’t know I want it to boot Elementary OS from that specific partition.
Given the fact I can’t afford another HD to back everything up I am terrified of losing my data by doing the wrong thing or giving the wrong command. For example using a Linux code to mount the partition but not mounting the correct partition and wiping a partition I want to keep with a format. Or writing a wrong value and wiping everything.
Any help or direction would be greatly appreciated. Many Thanks.