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Installed Linux on NVMe SSD, But cannot install on 1TB HDD(windows cannot be installed to this disk)

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HP 15-dc1054nr

Product: HP 15-dc1054nr
Operating System: Archlinux
Installed Both OS in MBR-Legacy BIOS mode
Hey guys

I'm trying too dual boot my laptop with Arch on SSD and windows on HDD.

I installed ArchLinux successfully. but when I try to install windows it says "windows cannot be installed to this disk. this computer hardware may not support booting to this disk"

Also, there is no option in the BIOS to boot from HDD, and only SSD is recognized as Notebook hard drive in the BIOS. but I can see HDD from every boot environment I tried.

after that, I installed windows on HDD via Windows PE Environment and a Tools called WinNTSetup.It PreInstall (or mainly extract) Windows from the Install.wim on the ISO. In normal situations after reboot and selecting Windows, Windows take some time to configure itself and detect hardware and drivers.
But when I added Windows Entry to the grub menu via os-prober and rebooted to it, it says


error: no such device:xxxxxxxxxxxxx


any idea?

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I wouldn't be surprised if Windows no longer supports Legacy BIOS booting. If Arch supports UEFI (fedora/ubuntu do) try switching back to UEFI Boot (that was the factory default I assume).


Most people are better off using VMs instead of dual-booting. If you game, Windows would make better bare-metal OS. But, virt-manager free VM software on Linux is much more robust as a virtualization platform. You may have a special case need for bare-metal for both OS but the odds are, probably not.

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