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    Installing Ubuntu in m.2 internal SSD

    Hi, I've my hp 1056 tu pre-installed with Windows 10 in primary HDD. I'm planning to get an m.2 type SSD and install Ubuntu on it. I don't want to disturb or interact with the HDD. i want my Ubuntu completely in my SSD and windows completely in my HDD and i want to switch between them for my work and gaming. I'm new to Ubuntu, please provide me the steps to be followed from the scratch. Thanks

    Specs:
    hp 1056tu
    hdd 1tb
    ssd 120gb

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu in m.2 internal SSD

    In your position, I would first explore the following:-

    Examine your hardware.

    Can you physically remove your Windows HDD?

    Explore your UEFI software.

    Can you deactivate or isolate any drives (especially the existing HDD)?
    Can you select a drive and boot it from within the UEFI screens?

    If you can remove or isolate your Windows HDD (not essential but it gives peace of mind), then you will be perfectly placed to examine Ubuntu.

    The next step is to try Ubuntu https://ubuntu.com/tutorials/try-ubu...etting-started

    Make sure that all your hardware functions OK, particularly keyboard (including language selection), graphics, wifi, sound and touchpad.

    Have you backed up your data in your Windows drive - fundamental?
    Last edited by tea for one; July 1st, 2020 at 09:16 AM. Reason: Added back up reminder

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu in m.2 internal SSD

    Thanks for the reply, and to answer your questions
    I can't physically remove my windows HDD, due to the current situation in my locality, and secondly i haven't tried anything to boot, I'm a newbie, and the pc is also a week old. I haven't backed up my data in my windows drive.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu in m.2 internal SSD

    Quote Originally Posted by premrishi View Post
    I can't physically remove my windows HDD, due to the current situation in my locality
    I don't understand this comment. However, you may be able to deactivate it if you explore the UEFI Start Up screens.

    Quote Originally Posted by premrishi View Post
    I haven't backed up my data in my windows drive.
    This is essential before you attempt to install another operating system.

    Quote Originally Posted by premrishi View Post
    and the pc is also a week old.
    As I mentioned earlier, take some time to examine your hardware and the UEFI Start Up menu.

    Here is one link and I'm sure that there are many more:-

    https://support.hp.com/gb-en/document/c03801890

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu in m.2 internal SSD

    Ubuntu's Ubiquity installer only installs grub to ESP on first drive. Usually Windows drive.
    But not sure with NVMe & sda drive which grub will see first. Probably depends on UEFI and which drive it reports as first drive.

    To be safe, see if you can disable Windows drive in UEFI settings. You have to make other UEFI setting changes, so best to review UEFI, download its manual and understand the settings.

    If you cannot disable drive, see this work around.
    Also see work around during install in #23 & 26
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...y/+bug/1396379

    Other distributions let you change to the ESP of your choice. Ubuntu's Ubiquity in UEFI mode does not, even though the screens seem to offer change, but change only works for BIOS installs which you do not want.

    Best to partition in advance using gparted & then use the Something Else install option.
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Installing Ubuntu in m.2 internal SSD

    hey there, regarding the windows hard drive, yes it's possible for me to disconnect it. so, if I'm right, i want to disconnect my hdd when booting up the system and insert bootable ubuntu os stick, with m.2 ssd connected internally. Then i've to choose "ERASE DISK AND INSTALL UBUNTU" and follow up. Then boot to Ubuntu and connect the hard drive. if i want to switch between them, pressing f12 while booting will lead to select one of the two. correct me if I'm wrong, thanks.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu in m.2 internal SSD

    Some UEFI "forget" UEFI boot entries for disconnected drives. But most find Windows, but not Ubuntu.
    If entry lost you can use efibootmgr or Windows repairs to restore.
    Make sure you have Windows fast start up off & make a Windows repair/recovery flash drive.

    If fast start up off in Windows, you can run this in Ubuntu & it will add Windows back into grub menu after you plug Windows drive back in.
    sudo update-grub

    Windows 10 repair disk
    https://askubuntu.com/questions/1156...925839_1156795
    https://www.tenforums.com/software-a...scue-disk.html
    http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/4...dows-10-a.html
    http://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3...dows-10-a.html
    Repair/backup/restore
    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...recovery-drive &
    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/w...covery-options
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
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    Re: Installing Ubuntu in m.2 internal SSD

    Quote Originally Posted by premrishi View Post
    hey there, regarding the windows hard drive, yes it's possible for me to disconnect it. so, if I'm right, i want to disconnect my hdd when booting up the system and insert bootable ubuntu os stick, with m.2 ssd connected internally. Then i've to choose "ERASE DISK AND INSTALL UBUNTU" and follow up. Then boot to Ubuntu and connect the hard drive. if i want to switch between them, pressing f12 while booting will lead to select one of the two. correct me if I'm wrong, thanks.
    Are you sure that F12 is the correct key to choose Windows or Ubuntu?

    I thought that it is F9 for Boot Device Options.

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    Re: Installing Ubuntu in m.2 internal SSD

    Correct key varies by vendor. Many are f12.

    UEFI/BIOS Boot keys - about halfway down on this Microsoft page
    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/...ows-to-go.aspx
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
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