Guidance on backup, multi-boot strategy for NVMe SSD

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Guidance on backup, multi-boot strategy for NVMe SSD

Postby Grabby » Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:42 am

I just got a Lenovo x1 yoga 2nd gen laptop which has Win10 installed with the product key in BIOS. In a perfect world I’d like to boot Ubuntu, Win 10 or Win 7 from its Samsung NVMe SSD, but I’d settle for Ubuntu and Win 10 with Win 7 running on VirtualBox. Since this is my first jump into the SSD world I’m not even sure what the best way to backup the SSD is before I start experimenting with boot options. Unfortunately I have licenses for BootItBM and Image for UEFI, but not BootIt UEFI. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Re: Guidance on backup, multi-boot strategy for NVMe SSD

Postby Brian K » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:18 pm

Grabby,

Your CPU doesn't support Win7. 7th generation CPU.

Your Win10 will be installed in UEFI mode so you will need BIU if you plan to multi-boot with Ubuntu and/or other Linux OS.

Don't be frightened by your NVMe SSD. Just regard it as a conventional HD and image/restore as you have done in the past. Can you post a screenshot of Disk Management? We could make some suggestions about backup and multi-booting.
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Re: Guidance on backup, multi-boot strategy for NVMe SSD

Postby Grabby » Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:01 pm

Brian, thanks for the quick reply. I know my CPU doesn’t support Win 7, but I’ve read that it actually works quite well. That said, that’s not my main concern. I’m mainly interested in setting up for at least booting into Win 10 and Linux and having image backups of both. I’m posting a screenshot of my Disk Management. I should add that at present I have a 256GB Samsung PM961 which I’m looking to upgrade to a higher capacity, but I assume I will be able to clone whatever I do to this SSD to the new one.
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Re: Guidance on backup, multi-boot strategy for NVMe SSD

Postby Brian K » Sat Apr 13, 2019 2:31 pm

Grabby, nice screenshot and you have plenty of Free Space for future OS. As you know there is another partition, the MSR, which doesn't show in Disk Management.

When you install BIU, all BootIt files go into the EFI System partition. Unlike BIBM, an extra partition isn't created. BIU will automatically create a Win10 Boot Item for you. When you install Ubuntu, set the Boot Loader partition as the EFI System partition. BIU will automatically create an Ubuntu Boot Item for you. Unlike BIBM, you don't have to create these Boot Items prior to installing the OS.

Yes, you can upgrade your SSD to a larger one and clone across.

You can keep Secure Boot enabled for the Ubuntu install.
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Re: Guidance on backup, multi-boot strategy for NVMe SSD

Postby DrTeeth » Sun Apr 14, 2019 5:58 am

On Sat, 13 Apr 2019 14:01:09 PDT, just as I was about to take a herb,
Grabby disturbed my reverie and wrote:

>I know my CPU doesn't support Win 7, but I've read that it actually works quite well.

OT:- I could not run Win 7 as I could not enable USB support for my
chipset (Intel Z390). Win 8.1 works just fine, but a hack will have to
be applied to enable windows updates as it recognises a
"non-supported" CPU. No probs with Linux.
--
Cheers,

DrT

** Amateurs built the Ark, but professionals built the Titanic.**
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