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    Re: How do you install ubuntu on an ssd drive and maintain windows caching?

    okay I will try it, made a backup already.

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    Re: How do you install ubuntu on an ssd drive and maintain windows caching?

    Okay i installed ubuntu, and windows is still intact. there is however one problem, when I turn on my computer, it boots straight into windows.

    btw I partition the ssd, and gave ubuntu 10 gb. I installed the / folder onto the ssd, swap on 4gb hdd partition, and the /home folder on 100gb of the hard drive.

    how do I get the grub menu to appear? (thanks for your help btw, I really appreciate it)
    Last edited by swagz101; March 27th, 2013 at 10:32 PM.

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    Re: How do you install ubuntu on an ssd drive and maintain windows caching?

    It sounds like grub2 didn't install correctly, or it's on the other disk. What did you select as bootloader destination?

    Boot the cd in live mode, and post the output of:
    sudo parted -l (small L)
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    Re: How do you install ubuntu on an ssd drive and maintain windows caching?

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo parted -l
    Model: ATA SAMSUNG MZMPC032 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sda: 32.0GB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: msdos

    Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
    1 1049kB 8589MB 8588MB primary
    2 8589MB 19.2GB 10.6GB primary ext4 boot


    Model: ATA ST500LT012-9WS14 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sdb: 500GB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B
    Partition Table: msdos

    Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
    1 1049kB 211MB 210MB primary ntfs boot
    2 211MB 238GB 238GB primary ntfs
    3 238GB 479GB 241GB extended lba
    6 238GB 242GB 3999MB logical linux-swap(v1)
    7 242GB 342GB 100GB logical ext4
    5 447GB 479GB 32.6GB logical ntfs
    4 479GB 500GB 20.8GB primary ntfs diag


    Model: USB2.0 Flash Disk (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sdc: 1061MB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: loop

    Number Start End Size File system Flags
    1 0.00B 1061MB 1061MB fat16

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    Re: How do you install ubuntu on an ssd drive and maintain windows caching?

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo parted -l
    Model: ATA SAMSUNG MZMPC032 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sda: 32.0GB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: msdos

    Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
    1 1049kB 8589MB 8588MB primary
    2 8589MB 19.2GB 10.6GB primary ext4 boot


    Model: ATA ST500LT012-9WS14 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sdb: 500GB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/4096B
    Partition Table: msdos

    Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
    1 1049kB 211MB 210MB primary ntfs boot
    2 211MB 238GB 238GB primary ntfs
    3 238GB 479GB 241GB extended lba
    6 238GB 242GB 3999MB logical linux-swap(v1)
    7 242GB 342GB 100GB logical ext4
    5 447GB 479GB 32.6GB logical ntfs
    4 479GB 500GB 20.8GB primary ntfs diag


    Model: USB2.0 Flash Disk (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sdc: 1061MB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: loop

    Number Start End Size File system Flags
    1 0.00B 1061MB 1061MB fat16

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    Re: How do you install ubuntu on an ssd drive and maintain windows caching?

    OK, according to what you said, sda2 is the root partition. From live mode try adding grub2 to the MBR of the disk with:
    Code:
    sudo mount /dev/sda2 /mnt
    sudo grub-install --root-directory=/mnt /dev/sda
    Make sure you boot from the ssd in bios. If it doesn't let you boot from the ssd because it was only meant to be a caching disk, you might need to install grub2 to /dev/sdb.

    If this doesn't work, you might need to do a full purge reinstall of grub2, the longer procedure. Try the above short procedure first.
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    Re: How do you install ubuntu on an ssd drive and maintain windows caching?

    works perfectly now I can dual boot thanks. It turns out that all I had to do was make sure the ssd partition was the first option to boot off of in the menu.

    Thanks for the help, I appreciate it alot!

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    Re: How do you install ubuntu on an ssd drive and maintain windows caching?

    No problem, enjoy it now.
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    Re: How do you install ubuntu on an ssd drive and maintain windows caching?

    I figured out that after you install ubuntu, you can in fact re-enable intel rapid storage technology.

    so heres a summary of what i did for anyone who might be trying to do the same thing.

    1.) first made a back up of my windows system and created a ubuntu 12.04 live usb

    Also from windows, i disable all the intel processes by hitting the start button, typing in msconfig and hitting enter, then i clicked the services tab and searched for any intel irst related processes and clicked the check boxes next to them to disable it. Also, from windows, I used the disk partition-er to delete a hibernate partition on my ssd leaving the ssd as only "unallocated space", (idk if it will be there for anyone else, and the hibernate feature wasn't even working so i wonder what it was there for)

    2.) then i turned of computer and entered the bios, then turned off all the intel smart response options, changed the sata controller from Raid to ACHI, and turned off uefi (secure boot).

    3.) also in the bios i set the usb drive to boot first, then restarted my pc and booted from the live usb

    4.) when asked to install ubuntu, i choose instead to try it instead

    5.) i opened the terminal and put the following line of code:

    sudo dmraid -Er /dev/sda
    sudo dmraid -Er /dev/sdb

    6.) I then ran the installer and installed the root folder ( / ) on 10 gb of the ssd, i installed the home folder ( /home) on 100 gb of my hard drive, and I also made a 4gb swap partiton from the hdd
    (you have to leave 18.6 gb of space on your ssd to be able to cache windows)

    7.) After the installation was complete, i restarted the computer and entered the bios where I set the ssd as the first boot option. So now i was dual booting with no caching for windows

    8.) also while in the bios, i re-enabled all that i disabled except for uefi secure boot.
    9.) then i booted into windows and re-enabled all the irst processes


    10.) then i went to the following where i found out info on how to setup ssd caching and followed it:

    http://www.overclock.net/t/1227655/h...gy-ssd-caching
    initially i had problems finding the irst software they were talking about, but eventually i found it here: http://downloadmirror.intel.com/21730/a08/iata_cd.exe

    when installing the program, you have to hit a check button that ask for you to install an intel control center.

    (make sure when using the irst software that you specify to the program to use part of instead all of the ssd to cache the main hard drive)

    and just like that, i now have dual booting between ubuntu and windows with both of the os's using the ssd for better performance.
    Last edited by swagz101; April 6th, 2013 at 09:58 PM.

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    Re: How do you install ubuntu on an ssd drive and maintain windows caching?

    Has anyone else tried the steps above and had good results? I also have the Lenovo U310 Touch and it came with Windows 8 and the SSD as a cache drive. I really want to get Ubuntu running on this thing but I'd rather not destroy my Windows OS in the process. If the above is correct, then it would be the first time I've seen someone able to properly install Ubuntu on the U310 without issues. Nearly everything I've read online, the user either ends up having to completely remove Windows 8, reinstall Windows 8, and just boots to a black screen. I have too much professional software on the Windows side to warrant completely reformatting everything.

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