Hi all. Second post. First was my newbie intro. So here goes.
I’ve got one workaday laptop. It’s got two internal SSDs. The main one, /sda, has my well-running and don’t-want-to-mess-with Manjaro installation. It’s an entire 1TB, which goes a long way. I’ve got my multimedia elsewhere on my network, so I don’t have a ton of space sucked up by music & video. It’s just Manjaro, the several DE’s I’m tinkering with (I know the caveats to this), and a bunch of assorted miscellaneous apps.
Sitting along side it, technically /sdb (although it’s not mounted) is another 512MB SSD. It’s currently empty. I really don’t need 1.5TB of storage on my Linux laptop. But you know how those sale prices are…
Anyway, what I’d really like to do is this:
- Install Win10 on the second drive, completely separate from Manjaro. NOT dual-booting. I know that can be a painful proposition.
Can I do this? Install Win10 from a bootable USB stick and point it at empty /sdb? How will I handle boot management? I’ve had systems built with multiple Linux distros in separate partitions before, and GRUB handled it fine.
I’m looking to (re)install Win10 on this machine for two reasons… 1) I can only update the BIOS on this laptop with a Windows utility, and 2) I wouldn’t mind playing a few Steam games now and then (I already tried the Steam Play Wine-like emulator - no luck for what I want to play).
This laptop is an Intel Core i5 with hybrid Intel/NVIDIA graphics, 16GB RAM, and MUST boot in Legacy mode.
Can anyone lend some sage advice on how to do this? I’m concerned that even if I try to install Windows on /sdb, it’s going to jam its own bootloader onto my /sda, making it a lot more difficult to boot Manjaro.
I’ve searched the forums, the M wiki and the Arch wiki, and can’t find a clear answer. I have no clue which sub-section of Stack Overflow this question would belong in (plus those folks can be kinda rude).
There’s the project. If anyone can help, I’d be quite happy indeed.