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laptop with two SSD's and no CD/DVD....

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  • Started 2 years ago by vmzhuk
  • Latest reply from Lighthouse
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Posts: 3

I know it's more difficult to buy customized laptops than it is desktops, but ....

Has anybody here ever bought a laptop that comes pre-installed with two
solid-state drives? I'm contemplating doing this, disabling the page file, and
dual-booting between Ubuntu and either Windows 7 or 8 (undecided). I'm
torn between (A) loading both OS's on the same SSD, and just using the other SSD for
data, or (B) loading one OS on each SSD, and then trying to figure out whether
it's better to store data and apps on the Windows or Linux disk. I would not want it to
come with a CD/DVD drive pre-installed, as I would just plug in such a drive via USB when
needed. Any comments on the feasibility of all this?

Jeff in Colorado

Posted 2 years ago
Posts: 14920

Install each OS on its own SSD.

Then Dual Boot using Bios selection.

You can make your own USB Bootable Sticks when the Bios supports booting from USB.

Posted 2 years ago
Posts: 20

I agree with raphoenix,

You should load a different OS on each drive,
as you might find one drive with 2 OS will become full if its only small drive (like most SSD are ATM)

Posted 2 years ago
Posts: 17584

Dual booting Win7 with Win8 or Linux is a bloody mess because of the incompatible bootmgrs. So independent installations are recommended. But make sure you take out SSD1 when you install on SSD2 because the installer may play an act on you and mix up the bootmgrs.

Posted 2 years ago
Posts: 179

I am operating under the assumption that SSDs are 2.5" form-factor, and thus you will be hard pressed to find a laptop that accommodates 2 different 2.5" drives...I could be wrong, but I have never seen one. Swapping out drives is an option, but as was discussed, the BIOS will make this more problematic than one might imagine.

Posted 2 years ago
Posts: 13598

Some laptops do have 2 drive bays (and an optical drive as well), but only some 17 inchers I believe.

Posted 2 years ago

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