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    Smile Adding 2nd preformatted SSD

    Hi there,
    I have a running Kubuntu 22.04 system that I would like to add an SSD to. I want to use this second SSD as a back-up drive.
    The second drive already has Kubuntu 22.04 installed on it. So there would be 2 with same system installed.
    However, the additional drive has never been started.
    The question is, can I just add another SSD when it's already formatted with Kubuntu?
    That is, can I turn power off, open the case, plug in the additional drive, close the case and power up, with my
    system recognizing the "new" drive without conflict?

    Current system stuff:
    OS: Kubuntu 22.04.2 LTS x86_64
    Host: 90BG003JUS Lenovo H50-55
    Kernel: 5.19.0-43-generic
    Uptime: 37 mins
    Packages: 3035 (dpkg), 26 (flatpak),
    Shell: bash 5.1.16
    Resolution: 1920x1080
    WM: Awesome
    Theme: [Plasma], NsCDE [GTK2], Adwai
    Icons: Blueberry [Plasma], NsCDE [GT
    Terminal: xfce4-terminal
    Terminal Font: Anonymous Pro 12
    CPU: AMD A10-7800 Radeon R7 4C+8G (4) @ 3.500GHz [10.2°C]
    GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 750 Ti
    Memory: 3675MiB / 15948MiB (23%)

    ​Drives:
    Local Storage: total: 480.08 GiB used: 140.94 GiB (29.4%)
    ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Samsung model: SSD 860 EVO 500GB size: 465.76 GiB
    speed: 6.0 Gb/s type: SSD serial: S3YANB0K951479K rev: 4B6Q scheme: GPT
    ID-2: /dev/sdb type: USB vendor: SanDisk model: Ultra size: 14.32 GiB
    type: N/A
    serial: 05014c14309045ea4a08da5c39ba4138de9cdd6d84360ee62c be03b6d3ed0dd8f23700000000000000000000cd7591b4ff12 02108155810788a6a6cc
    rev: 1.00 scheme: MBR

    Is this enough info? I hope so. Thanks for any help

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    Re: Adding 2nd preformatted SSD

    Do you have a full install of Kubuntu also on the 2nd drive" Is Kubuntu on the 2nd drive an EFI install? Is Kubuntu on the internal drive an EFI install? If they both are, you can boot either from the BIOS firmware boot options if the drive is recognized there. You could also attach the 2nd drive and run: sudo update-grub from the main internal drive which should detect and enable you to boot the Kubuntu on the 2nd drive. If you want the 2nd drive for backup, create a partition on that drive with a Linux filesystem specifically for that purpose

    If this is not an EFI install but a Legacy/CSM install, you can also attache the 2nd drive and then boot the Kubuntu on the primary drive and update grub to include the Kubuntu on the 2nd drive in the Grub boot menu.

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    Re: Adding 2nd preformatted SSD

    As long as it is not a clone with duplicate UUIDs, you can boot with it installed.
    And to easily dual boot both must be in same boot mode as yancek as posted.
    UEFI boot install & repair info - Regularly Updated :
    https://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: Adding 2nd preformatted SSD

    Quote Originally Posted by yancek View Post
    If you want the 2nd drive for backup, create a partition on that drive with a Linux file-system specifically for that purpose.
    Yes. This is what I am trying to do. I re-partitioned this drive with one partition and formatted it eft4. My system sees the drive but won't let me transfer files to it.

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    Re: Adding 2nd preformatted SSD

    Linux partitions need mount point, ownership & permissions to make them usable.

    Lots of details:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/FilePermissions

    Are you permanently mounting with fstab, recommended if internal drive?

    sudo mkdir /mnt/data
    # ( permissions stay with the partition not with the mountpoint ).
    # so chown & chmod after mounting either manually or via fstab
    sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /mnt/data
    # The big "X" will also not make files executable unless they were executable to begin with.
    sudo chmod -R a+rwX /mnt/data

    Some fstab examples:
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread....3#post14027843
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2464668
    UEFI boot install & repair info - Regularly Updated :
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    Re: Adding 2nd preformatted SSD

    Thank you so much for your help! It works now

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    Re: Adding 2nd preformatted SSD

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