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Ive installed linux Once but used a removeable hard drive caddy instead of a dual boot system.
I got a bit fed up of swapping drives so today tried to create a whole new dual boot system.
2 new drives were fitted and windows XP installed on the first. I then set about installing Debian linux...The disk Images were downloaded this month so i figure they are up to date. I Got dual boot instructions from I followed the instructions and Grub was installed on "/dev/hdb1"...All the partitions on the second hard drive seem to have formatted properly. the debian installer restarts after the Grub install. XP boots and i then set up bootpart so i could boot into debian. That works fine. the problem is when i choose debian in the dual boot debian wont start. I get an error that it could not mount the volume....Error 17
At the top of this screen it says root (HD1,0) this obviously isnt where I want to be pointing....Is there anyway to correct this error.
Boot debian via bootpart and then change the /boot/menu.lst to reflect the correct root (hdx,y). BTW (hd1,0) does represent hdb1.
Well HD0,0 is the MBR. The particians on The second drive should be hd1,1 and hd1,2 i think? I think thats where the problem lies it seem to think there is a MBR on the second disk also. I didnt load grub into the MBR since im using NTLDR which is Modified with bootpart.
error 17, This error is returned if the partition requested exists, but the filesystem type cannot be recognized by GRUB. So we need to know how the drive is partitioned. Changing srub should be easy and then you will need to rerun bootpart.

Here is a tutorial on how to use the gub command line.
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