Question I think I may have compromised my HDD

Robert_109

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So I have a laptop (Acer Aspire) that originally had windows 10 but I installed Linux Mint. Recently, I wanted to install ubuntu on with fully encrypted drives but struggled and couldn't do it. I tried changing a lot of settings including EFI File Boot, but now I just get this notice whenever I finish installing any Linux Distro via USB:

"Default Boot Device Missing or Boot Failed.
Insert Recovery Media and Hit any key
Then Select "Boot Manager" to choose a new Boot Device or to Boot Recovery Media. "


The distro just doesn't get installed on the HDD it appears.
There is no valuable data involved so don't worry about me losing data.
Please help.
 
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Lutfij

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Might want to see if your laptop is on the latest BIOS. Then check and see what the primary boot device in your BIOS is. You could also try and work with a fresh drive in case you've locked yourself out.
 

Robert_109

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Might want to see if your laptop is on the latest BIOS. Then check and see what the primary boot device in your BIOS is. You could also try and work with a fresh drive in case you've locked yourself out.
How do I check if I have the latest BIOS?
The HDD in 1st in the boot order
 

popatim

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I would wipe the drive first from the live cd with no other drives connected.
Since Live doesn't include Wipe you will need to get it using terminal

sudo apt-get install wipe

Once you have it. Then you can issue the wipe command
sudo wipe /dev/devicename {device name is probably sda if you don't have another drive}

If you aren't sure of the device name then issue the fdisk list command:
sudo fdisk -l
 

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