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installing ubuntu in a hp z8 g4 with windows 10 preinstalled

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I have a HP Z8 G4 which came with Windows 10 preinstalled.

I want to install Ubuntu alongside Windows 10. My  idea is to install Ubuntu in the second hardrive and then reconfigure the  BIOS system to  change the order of the hardrives so that SATA1 becomes before than SATA0.

 

Since it is long time since I do this, my question is: am I forgetting something?

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If that is the plan, and it sounds OK, then try a live version of the Ubuntu you expect to use.  Download it as a DVD or USB live version and boot to that.  It will not alter the original Windows and you can then make sure it works to your satisfaction.  If all goes well and you are satisfied that it is what you intend, then try the install.  Since you wish to use the second hard drive for the Ubuntu install and switch between the two by using the boot order in the BIOS, I would disconnect the regular boot hard drive, boot to the Ubuntu live and then pick install  instead of the live option at boot.  This will then install the Ubuntu that was used for the live version that you tested.  Once that is completed and it working to your satisfaction, then connect the Windows hard drive to see if the BIOS switching between the two works as intended.

 

If you find that it does what was expected, then all is well.  If you find that it really does not worked as intended, then there is another method that I know will work.  I'll explain that method if needed.  I know it works as I have a computer setup with four different hard drives and different OS's installed.  All independent from the others.


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If that is the plan, and it sounds OK, then try a live version of the Ubuntu you expect to use.  Download it as a DVD or USB live version and boot to that.  It will not alter the original Windows and you can then make sure it works to your satisfaction.  If all goes well and you are satisfied that it is what you intend, then try the install.  Since you wish to use the second hard drive for the Ubuntu install and switch between the two by using the boot order in the BIOS, I would disconnect the regular boot hard drive, boot to the Ubuntu live and then pick install  instead of the live option at boot.  This will then install the Ubuntu that was used for the live version that you tested.  Once that is completed and it working to your satisfaction, then connect the Windows hard drive to see if the BIOS switching between the two works as intended.

 

If you find that it does what was expected, then all is well.  If you find that it really does not worked as intended, then there is another method that I know will work.  I'll explain that method if needed.  I know it works as I have a computer setup with four different hard drives and different OS's installed.  All independent from the others.


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Thanks for the feedback. One clarification: when you say " I would disconnect the regular boot hard drive, boot to the Ubuntu live and then pick install  instead of the live option at boot...", you mean that I need to physically disconnect the regular boot hard drive from the motherboard, or is there a way to do this at the BIOS level?

 

Thanks again!

 

 

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To be safe, I would physically disconnect the regular boot hard drive, either the power lead or the SATA lead or both.  I say that to avoid any chance of altering anything to the original drive.  No point in taking a chance when doing it this way.


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