I have a Sony Vaio laptop which has a BIOS enabled motherboard. I recently bought an SSD. I was using Arch and Ubuntu with Windows 7 on my 320GB HDD before that and would prefer doing the same after installing the new SSD.
I wanted to use GUID partition table (GPT) on my SSD for the reason that it supports more than just 4 partitions. (I was thinking may be I can install later some other OSes as well).
I went through the guide of Rodsbooks. So, I made some partitions and these are reflected as
sudo gdisk /dev/sda GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 0.8.1 Partition table scan: MBR: protective BSD: not present APM: not present GPT: present Found valid GPT with protective MBR; using GPT. Command (? for help): p Disk /dev/sda: 500118192 sectors, 238.5 GiB Logical sector size: 512 bytes Disk identifier (GUID): 2C8E0936-465F-4BE2-B8D5-CA10A0C408C4 Partition table holds up to 128 entries First usable sector is 34, last usable sector is 500118158 Partitions will be aligned on 1-sector boundaries Total free space is 2014 sectors (1007.0 KiB) Number Start (sector) End (sector) Size Code Name 1 2048 1075199 524.0 MiB EF00 2 1075200 1077247 1024.0 KiB EF02 3 1077248 1339391 128.0 MiB 0C01 4 1339392 127168511 60.0 GiB 0700 5 127168512 169111551 20.0 GiB 8300 6 169111552 211054591 20.0 GiB 8300 7 211054592 251054592 19.1 GiB 0700 8 251054593 500118158 118.8 GiB 0700
Till here, I was happy with Windows 7 x64 installation. Then I proceeded to install Arch x64 and Ubuntu 12.04 x64 (which I later upgraded to 12.10). Ubuntu installed grub and now I cannot boot to Windows any more. Moreover, it also does not recognize the Arch Linux partition either, which I think I installed successfully.
I tried the solution by jarondl in here but not to much help.
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