August 24, 2014

Help Please, Problem installing Ubuntu...

Hello everyone and thank you for taking the time to read this as well as reply (if you do).

So, I'm new to Linux. Well, relatively, I haven't used it since the early 90's but now I'm pursuing my Engineering degree in computers and electronics so I figured it's time to start refreshing my memory as well as learning the system all over again.

Anyway, the problem:

I downloaded, created a cd and installed Ubuntu on my 3rd drive (it's an 80 gig that was basically wasting space). The install process went fine but after reboot, I got an error that I'm sure is not uncommon (based on the internet searches I've done) but I think my problem is somewhat unique since I can't find the resolution to it.

I received the treacherous "no such device..... grub rescue" message after my first reboot and have not been able to dance around it other than by telling my BIOS to disable SATA-0 & SATA-2.
I have 3 hard drives installed on my computer. 1 is Windows 8.1 pro, 2 is Windows 7 Ultimate and 3 is currently unoccupied. 3 is where I had it installed but since then I have removed Unbutu from it via deleting the partition and wiping the disk. So I am prepared to redo the process but first I need to fix the current damage to my computer from this install.
As I stated, I have 3 hard drives with 2 different operating systems. I cannot access one of them. Even though I have removed the partition for the Unbuntu and wiped the disk, when I allow my BIOS to run SATA-0 (the Windows 8 disk) I get the same error message and am not able to run Windows. I do have multi-boot set and it used to work fine, until this error. I did not receive any ill-effects to my Windows 7 hard drive and it boots fine but my Windows 8 hard drive will not boot.

I have, yes, loaded the elevated recovery mode on Windows 8 via the Win8 install disk and I have run the Bootrec procedures. No luck resolving the issue. I have deleted the original BCD file (on both the Win 8 and Win 7 disks) still no luck resolving the issue.

Is there something I can do to bring back my Windows 8 disk? If so, is there a way for me to install Umbuntu back onto my 3rd drive without having this issues occur again AND STILL be able to have the multi-boot (or commonly known as dual boot) option show all 3 hard drives aka all 3 operating systems?
If the latter cannot be done, I am fine with disabling the other disks in the bios when I want to access Linux, and vice versa for accessing my Windows -- but first I need to repair the damage done to Windows 8 - then install Umbuntu back on that 3rd hard drive.

Everything I've read so far indicates that my 80 gig hard drive will be more than sufficient to run Umbuntu -- but if it won't be large enough, please let me know that too.

Thanks,

Dan

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