PC doesn't boot from new SSD 4TB SOLVED

check if mode is ahci not raid in bios

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Confirmed. Grub is installed in the SSD.

so launch USB install
open a terminal and browser for this topic

parted -l
blkid
efibootmgr -v
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SATA Mode Selection = AHCI

I have 1 SSD where I want to place the system and some other things.
I have 2 HDDs with movies.
My SSD and 2 HDDs are configured like this while I'm installing Manjaro: (everything GPT & EXT4)
sda1 /
sda2 /support
sda3 /htpc
sdb1 /hdd1
sdb2 /hdd2

One doubt: What do I have to answer during the installation to the question "Install boot loader on:"
Several times I have answered "Master Boot Record of ATA SSD ... sda".
Several times I have answered "System Partition (/)"

I installed Windows 7 just to see if I could boot something from the SSD.
It said it wanted MBR instead of GPT.
I finished the process and it booted okay!

I've installed Manjaro KDE again.
Then, I have booted with the pendrive because the ssd doesn't boot the system with Linux.
I have opened a terminal and lauched the 3 commands:
parted -l ... returned nothing
blkid ... returned nothing
efibootmgr -v ... returned "Efi variables are not supported on this system"

findmnt -s returns
TARGET /
SOURCE /dev/mapper/root-image
FSTYPE auto
OPTIONS defaults

I have run Partition Manager and /dev/sda1 has the mount point /run/media/manjaro/System
Think that I have booted from the pendrive since I cannot boot from the SSD.

ls /etc/grub.d returns the same as ls /run/media/manjaro/System/etc/grub.d
00_header 01_menu_auto_hide 10_linux 20_linux_xen 30_os_prober 40_custom 41_custom 60_memtest86+ README

Try this to boot.

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something odd here , unless this windows 7 is 32bits.
can you return ( only with usb install , open a terminal )

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have you checked all option bios before installing windows ?

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If your PC has got UEFI instead of BIOS, switch to Legacy-Mode, put the internal hdd to the top and try to reboot.
Second thing you can do is to reinstall grub. You can do that by booting a live-system and execute the following commands in the terminal ("sda1" is the system-partition from your ssd):

sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev
sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc
sudo mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys
sudo chroot /mnt
grub-install /dev/sda

In the last step it is important that you type the name of the whole ssd and not only of the partition.

Also have a look on the fstab. It's in the folder /etc of your system-partition on the ssd. You can display the UUIDs with the command blkid. Make sure that the UUIDs in the terminal and in the fstab are the same.

In the file /boot/grub/grub.cfg could be a wrong UUID of the swap-partition. Open the file with a text editor like gedit and search after "resume". The UUID next to "resume" is the UUID of the swap-partition. If they don't fit together, replace the wrong UUID with the right one. It's a good idea to do that with a replace-tool which the most texteditors have with them.

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I'm reading and trying everything.
So many answers ... very pleased with this.
I'm really trying to understand everything I'm reading and doing.
My English level is not as good as I'd like and my Linux level is even lower.
I come from the Windows world where everything is easier because there are no options, you just have to press the "I agree" button. You don't know what the programs do and you don't have so many choices and so many information as in this wonderful Linux world.

System's answer to inxi -Fxxxz:

12System: 12Host manjaro 12Kernel 4.19.28-1-MANJARO x86_64 12bits 64 12compiler gcc 12v 8.2.1 12Console N/A
12wm kwin_x11 12dm N/A 12Distro Manjaro Linux
12Machine: 12Type Desktop 12System ASUS 12product All Series 12v N/A 12serial N/A
12Mobo ASUSTeK 12model Z87-PRO 12v Rev 1.xx 12serial 12BIOS American Megatrends 12v 1007
12date 05/17/2013

(upower:2646): UPower-WARNING **: 20:05:49.161: Cannot connect to upowerd: Could not connect: No such file or directory
12Battery: 12Device-1 hidpp_battery_0 12model Logitech K800 12serial 12charge High
12status Discharging
12Device-2 hidpp_battery_1 12model Logitech Wireless Mouse M315/M235 12serial
12charge Full 12status Discharging
12CPU: 12Topology Quad Core 12model Intel Core i7-4770S 12bits 64 12type MT MCP 12arch Haswell 12rev 3
12L1 cache 256 KiB 12L2 cache 8192 KiB 12L3 cache 8192 KiB
12flags lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx 12bogomips 49593
12Speed 1300 MHz 12min/max 800/3900 MHz 12Core speeds (MHz) 121 1300 122 1299 123 1300 124 1300
125 1301 126 1301 127 1302 128 1299
12Graphics: 12Device-1 NVIDIA GP108 [GeForce GT 1030] 12vendor Gigabyte 12driver nvidia 12v 418.43
12bus ID 01:00.0 12chip ID 10de:1d01
12Display 12server X.org 1.20.4 12driver nvidia 12compositor kwin_x11 12tty N/A
12Message Advanced graphics data unavailable for root.
12Audio: 12Device-1 Intel 8 Series/C220 Series High Definition Audio 12vendor ASUSTeK
12driver snd_hda_intel 12v kernel 12bus ID 00:1b.0 12chip ID 8086:8c20
12Device-2 NVIDIA GP108 High Definition Audio 12vendor Gigabyte 12driver snd_hda_intel
12v kernel 12bus ID 01:00.1 12chip ID 10de:0fb8
12Sound Server ALSA 12v k4.19.28-1-MANJARO
12Network: 12Device-1 Intel Ethernet I217-V 12vendor ASUSTeK 12driver e1000e 12v 3.2.6-k 12port f040
12bus ID 00:19.0 12chip ID 8086:153b
12IF eno1 12state down 12mac
12Device-2 Qualcomm Atheros AR9462 Wireless Network Adapter 12vendor ASUSTeK 12driver ath9k
12v kernel 12port e000 12bus ID 03:00.0 12chip ID 168c:0034
12IF wlp3s0 12state up 12mac
12Drives: 12Local Storage 12total 27.29 TiB 12used 6.16 GiB (0.0%)
12ID-1 /dev/sda 12vendor Samsung 12model SSD 860 QVO 4TB 12size 3.64 TiB 12speed 6.0 Gb/s
12serial 12rev 1B6Q
12ID-2 /dev/sdb 12vendor Western Digital 12model WUH721414ALE6L4 12size 12.73 TiB
12speed 6.0 Gb/s 12serial 12rev W07G
12ID-3 /dev/sdc 12vendor Seagate 12model ST12000DM0007-2GR116 12size 10.91 TiB 12speed 6.0 Gb/s
12serial 12rev DN01
12ID-4 /dev/sdd 12type USB 12vendor PNY 12model USB 2.0 FD 12size 7.49 GiB 12serial
12rev 8.01
12Partition: 12ID-1 / 12size 97.93 GiB 12used 6.16 GiB (6.3%) 12fs ext4 12dev /dev/sda1
12Sensors: 12System Temperatures 12cpu 29.8 C 12mobo 27.8 C
12Fan Speeds (RPM) 12cpu 0
12Info: 12Processes 216 12Uptime 1h 15m 12Memory 15.60 GiB 12used 1.14 GiB (7.3%) 12Init systemd 12v 241
12Compilers 12gcc 8.2.1 12Client Sudo 12v 1.8.27 12inxi 3.0.32

After the last command ...

sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev
sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc
sudo mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys
sudo chroot /mnt
grub-install /dev/sda

The system says ...

Installing for i386-pc platform.
grub-install: warning: this GPT partition label contains no BIOS Boot Partition; embedding won't be possible.
grub-install: warning: Embedding is not possible.  GRUB can only be installed in this setup by using blocklists.  However, blocklists are UNRELIABLE and their use is discouraged..
grub-install: error: will not proceed with blocklists.

you should check for update Bios

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I will

BIOS updated from version 1007 to the last one, 2103 successfully.

Now, something has changed because the answer to

sudo mount /dev/sda1 /mnt
sudo mount --bind /dev /mnt/dev
sudo mount --bind /proc /mnt/proc
sudo mount --bind /sys /mnt/sys
sudo chroot /mnt
grub-install /dev/sda

now is:

Installing for x86_64-efi platform.
grub-install: error: cannot find EFI directory.

After this, I entered in the BIOS, activated UEFI, rebooted and installed the system again.
Now grub starts (finally) but it gets completely stucked after saying "[OK ] Started TLP system startup/shutdown".

I have installed the system several times more.
I the last I shaw the message "An EFI system partition is necessary to start Manjaro".
"Create a FAT32 filesystem with the esp flag enabled and mount point /boot/efi".
Do I really need a FAT32 filesystem partition? I cannot believe it.

on bios with USB install
you see

  • manjaro ( boot in MBR , no EFI )
  • UEFI ( boot in EFI )
  • UEFI<partition 1> ( boot in EFI )

after launch usb boot
open a terminal , also a browser on this topic
and return

fdisk -l 
lsblk -fs
cat /etc/fstab
inxi -Fxxxz
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Disk /dev/loop0: 18.1 MiB, 18948096 bytes, 37008 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk /dev/loop1: 274.6 MiB, 287969280 bytes, 562440 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk /dev/loop2: 1.1 GiB, 1229180928 bytes, 2400744 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk /dev/loop3: 475.5 MiB, 498573312 bytes, 973776 sectors
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes

Disk /dev/sda: 3.7 TiB, 4000787030016 bytes, 7814037168 sectors
Disk model: Samsung SSD 860
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: D4D76FD2-AAF2-4139-A8DD-3AF57105570E

Device Start End Sectors Size Type
/dev/sda1 2048 209717247 209715200 100G EFI System
/dev/sda2 209717248 1048578047 838860800 400G Linux filesystem
/dev/sda3 1048578048 7814031359 6765453312 3.2T Linux filesystem

Disk /dev/sdb: 12.8 TiB, 14000519643136 bytes, 27344764928 sectors
Disk model: WDC WUH721414AL
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: 643902D3-E2B0-49F3-A137-CC4B65D32AA1

Device Start End Sectors Size Type
/dev/sdb1 2048 27344748543 27344746496 12.8T Linux filesystem

Disk /dev/sdc: 10.9 TiB, 12000138625024 bytes, 23437770752 sectors
Disk model: ST12000DM0007-2G
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 4096 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 4096 bytes / 4096 bytes
Disklabel type: gpt
Disk identifier: 78E5DFC6-9453-45F8-BD2E-9A904298E7C4

Device Start End Sectors Size Type
/dev/sdc1 2048 23437758463 23437756416 10.9T Linux filesystem

Disk /dev/sdd: 7.5 GiB, 8039300608 bytes, 15701759 sectors
Disk model: USB 2.0 FD
Units: sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disklabel type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x00000000

Device Boot Start End Sectors Size Id Type
/dev/sdd1 * 64 4094111 4094048 2G 0 Empty
/dev/sdd2 4094112 4102303 8192 4M ef EFI (FAT-12/16/32)

you have installed on sda manjaro ?

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Yes
sda1 /
sda2 /support
sda3 /htpc
sdb1 /hdd1
sdb2 /hdd2

you should so reboot in bios
and select EFI manjaro

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