I am about to setup my new Laptop using a dual boot configuration of Ubuntu and Windows 10. I have previously used one drive and partitioned it to contain both the OS. Now, I have a 128Gb PCIe SSD and a 512Gb SSD. I would like my smaller drive to contain only the Ubuntu system and storage and the larger one to be only concerned with windows.
I understand that there are generally two ways to set this up:
Unplugging unused drive on install
unplug 1 drive and install first OS on plugged in the drive
unplug drive with the new system installed, plug in other drive and install 2nd OS
- plug-in all drives and configure BIOS/UEFI to select default startup disk
- on startup enter BIOS/UEFI to go into the non-default system
- All drives remain in the machine for each installation
- install Windows first because Linux installations seem to be more considerate about dual boot setups and leave the windows
- After Windows is installed, install Linux and select secondary drive as system and data partition
- A boot loader should be created enabling to pick boot system on machine startup
Obviously, I used the second option with my previous setup, since unplugging a partition is physically impossible =). The bootloader ubuntu created for me worked fine, BUT it would default into Linux. This meant sticking to the pc while it booted and quickly cycling to the windows option when booting into my prefered OS – which is Windows.
I would like to have Windows set as my default boot OS, with a convenient way to enter my secondary OS (Ubuntu) when needed. All this being done with each OS installed on a separate drive.
Considering the methods mentioned above, what are the best practices to make this happen? Are there additional considerations or methods I have not mentioned?