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Thread: Possible to Convert Single Boot to Dual Boot?

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    Possible to Convert Single Boot to Dual Boot?

    I have Ubuntu 18.04 on a 500gb SSD in my laptop. I have a desktop with a 2tb harddrive with Windows 10 pre-installed. Is it possible to somehow move the linux partition from my laptop to a new partition on the desktop and have the ability to dual-boot?

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    Re: Possible to Convert Single Boot to Dual Boot?

    Just do a new install to Desktop system.
    If you want same configuration & data, restore your /home, list of apps and any server type apps in / (root) from your normal backup of your laptop.

    Is desktop UEFI?
    If so lots of details in link below in my signature.

    Shows live installer with screen shots. Both BIOS purple accessibility screen & UEFI black grub menu screen 20.10 uses grub for both
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/UEFI
    Shows Windows screens
    https://askubuntu.com/questions/2218...s-10-with-uefi
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
    Please use Thread Tools above first post to change to [Solved] when/if answered completely.

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    Re: Possible to Convert Single Boot to Dual Boot?

    I haven't actually got the desktop yet - it'll be here in a few days - so not sure if it's UEFI or not. I will check out those pages though. Thanks.

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    Re: Possible to Convert Single Boot to Dual Boot?

    If it has Windows 10 preinstalled from an official retailer, it must be uefi. Pretty much every computer from the past 8 years is.

    Cloning your existing system from your laptop to your desktop is hard. There are many details you have to get right: UUIDs of partitions, proprietary drivers (if any), bootloader configuration, ... Just easier to do a fresh install.

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    Re: Possible to Convert Single Boot to Dual Boot?

    Quote Originally Posted by Impavidus View Post
    Just easier to do a fresh install.
    Yeah, I was afraid you'd say that.

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