Dual Booting - Two Hard Drives

Mar 11, 2015
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Hi,

So I have a Gigabyte laptop with Windows 10 as my current operating system. I would like to start having the option to boot up with Ubuntu.

I have Ubuntu installed on the USB drive.

Additionally, I have two hard drives in my laptop and I read that I would be safer to boot from seperate ones; is this true? Only one of them is SSD so I would prefer to be able to boot either Ubuntu or Windows from that hard drive.

Are there any precautions or can I simply plug in the usb, go to the BIOS menu setup, choose to boot up from the usb, install ubuntu (rather than continuing without installing) and then I should have ubuntu on my hard drive and good to go.

Am I missing anything? My data and everything will be safe ?

Thanks in advanced !
 

itmoba

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I'd suggest using one partition for Windows, a second partition for Linux, and a third partition for sharing files. The third partition should be NTFS as Linux and Windows can perform read/write operations on it. This should solve most of your problems. Bear in mind, likewise, that Linux should have at least 2 partitions: / and swap. Usually it'll consist of more partitions, but for the moment we'll simplify things and pretend it's one partition.
 
Mar 11, 2015
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Basically I would like to choose to boot up with Windows 10 or Ubuntu when I turn on the laptop, have my files saved and shared among both operating systems and of course the applications seperate.

 

itmoba

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I'd suggest using one partition for Windows, a second partition for Linux, and a third partition for sharing files. The third partition should be NTFS as Linux and Windows can perform read/write operations on it. This should solve most of your problems. Bear in mind, likewise, that Linux should have at least 2 partitions: / and swap. Usually it'll consist of more partitions, but for the moment we'll simplify things and pretend it's one partition.
 
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