I have wanted to install Linux (specifically Linux mint x64 maya) on an older Seagate HDD (Model: ST3160812AS, Serial: 5LSDP211, Firmware: 3.AAE) I had acquired.
With various Linux distributions installations (Mint, LMDE and Ubuntu 12.04) I get the error directly at boot: Loading operating system... Read error
I have tried multiple partition settings using the installers and Gparted but each produces the same error.
I carried out a CHKDSK on windows with no errors received. I also carried out a test on Linux using the disk manager on Mint.
No test yet has show me any problem with the drive except when I booted in Daraks boot and nuke. It suggested the disk may have dead sectors and denied to load Daraks boot and nuke any further.
I was surprised when a single install of Windows 7 can successfully boot without problems.
I hope someone can point me in the right direction as to why Linux wont boot but windows will?
Is there a way to fix such an issue?
I currently have 5 other HDD's with other Operating systems installed. All work well and do not have any problems.
I have also ran a memory test on my ram using memtest86+ (no errors were found)