I just tried to dual boot Mint 13, an Ubuntu Derivative. I unplugged my hard drive and wanted to install linux to a flash drive. That worked perfectly with one hardware exception - will post in another topic area.
The problem is when I plugged my hard drive that has Win7 on it, windows forced me to reformat and re install without the flash drive present.
Ok, how do I dual boot any linux with win7 uefi and not screw up win7??
I want to select the boot OS manually through boot up screen not a boot manager.
PLEASE be specific and step by step if at all possible. I don't want win7 or linux messing with the others' boot stuff.
Note: I would prfer copying win7 to a *much* smaller SSD drive and dual boot with any linux on that hard drive the traditional way, but I can find any way to copy win7 without screwing with my existing hard drive and it's partitions.
I figure if I copied win7 to an ssd drive, removed and saved the normal hard drive, installed the ssd drive with win7 on it then tried installing linux the typical way to the ssd drive I could do it that way.
Can this be done without being forced to buy expensive Acronis True Image Plus???
I can take zero chances messing up the win7. The notbook is still under warranty and I might have to put the regular hard drive back in for any warranty claims. It is an ASUS K55a and about a month old.
And I certainly will not use Geek Squad for anything...