This is the first question I have ever asked the Ubuntu Community.
I'm fairly new to Ubuntu, but I understand the basics and know how to navigate the Terminal. I also know how to search the existing solutions before asking for help. I have scoured the Internet high and low and learned much of how Grub2 works. But nothing has helped me to solve my problem.
My problem is this: I have a computer that has three hard drives. It previously had Windows XP, but I upgraded to Windows 7. I also installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin).
During my installation of Windows 7, there was a failure and I had to restart the installation. Afterwards, I installed Ubuntu. After some trouble removing all traces of the XP OS (Ubuntu auto-detected it, but not Windows 7) I got the two OSes working flawlessly. Or, almost.
When booting up, Grub2 used to display Ubuntu, Ubuntu Recovery Mode, Other Versions of Linux, memtest, followed by
Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda1 and
Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sdb1.
I eventually removed Recovery Mode, Other Versions, and Memtest. Now, when I run:
I get this print-out:
Generating grub.cfg ... Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic Found Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda1 Found Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sdb1
I would like to remove "Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda1", as it is a broken entry that shouldn't exist, and must have been installed during my first Windows 7 attempt.
I cannot find a Windows 7 entry in
/etc/grub.d folder And I don't know where to look.
Here is a layout of my hard drives:
/dev/sda1/ (1.82 TiB), NTFS ("Media") /dev/sdb1/ (100 Mib), NTFS ("System Reserved") /dev/sdb2/ (149 GiB), NTFS ("Windows 7") /dev/sdb3/ (149 GiB), Extended (" ") /dev/sdb4/ (145 GiB), ext4 (" ") /dev/sdb5/ (4 GiB), linux-swap (" ") /dev/sdc1/ (488.28 GiB), NTFS ("Downloads") /dev/sdc2/ (488.28 GiB), NTFS ("AltMedia") /dev/sdc3/ (886.45 GiB), NTFS ("Personal") unallocated (2.09 MiB), unallocated
What I think has happened: Windows 7 installed first and badly. I installed it again. First, there was Windows XP to guide where the bootloader went to so it was put on
/dev/sdb1/. But, the second time no such guide existed so the machine put another bootloader on
/dev/sda1/. sda1, by the way, is the only partition on a 2TB drive. No boot record partition appears to exist according to
gedit. I'm not sure where Grub2 is getting this information from. But, there it is.
Is there anything somebody can do to help me? Or, is there any more information I should add?