Failed to install GRUB into target

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I'm running a Windows 7 machine and I want to install Linux Mint as dual boot. I tried but it failed through the Live CD install. The installation shows an error message and I can't be able to continue. I need information on how to fix this. Is it compatible to install Linux Mint on my Lenovo S205 PC?

Here is the image of the error message:

GRUB installation failed

The 'grub-efi'package failed to install into /target/. Without the GRUB boot loader, the installed system will not boot.


Answered By 577870 points N/A #122565

Failed to install GRUB into target


I think your hard drive is not yet ready for a dual-boot system. If your hard drive has only one partition, it will not allow you to install another operating system because Windows, obviously, will not allow you to do so. To make dual-booting possible, you need to create another partition in your hard drive to put the second operating system.

In Windows 7, try shrinking first its partition so you can free up some space in your hard drive. Click Start then in the search bar enter without quotes “partitions” and then click “Create and format hard disk partitions” in the result. See image.

To shrink and free up some space in your system drive, select drive C, right-click on it, and select Shrink Volume. See image.

Wait for the whole process to finish. It normally takes time depending on the size of your system drive and the size of your system drive depends on the number of programs you install.

When the process is finished, you will see the next screen. It will display the details of the space that will be unallocated and will be made available for your second operating system. To continue, click Shrink. See image.

Once it is finished, you will see the unallocated space displayed in the window. Since your drive is now ready for the second operating system, insert your Linux Mint Live CD and start installing the second operating system. Because you are installing Linux, it is better to let it format the second partition so it can apply the right file system format.

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