07-27-2012 12:35 PM - edited 07-27-2012 12:40 PM
A) Yes, you are able to reload from a recovery CD made by your Laptop.
B) Yes, remove the HDD this would be the safest way.
If I were you I would try to do the installation and dual boot like this:
First remove the HDD, then boot the computer with the recovery CD. Follow the Install process this will install to the mSATA drive because it will be the default drive. Once installed let it boot to the desktop just to make sure the install was done correctly.
C) Restart the computer once finished. Boot with the second OS for dual boot. Follow install and dual boot steps on options during install. Once done launch second OS and make sure this was done correctly. Once done restart computer. Boot with the first OS installed. Make sure this is still active and working. Again turn off computer. Replace original HDD. Boot computer, log into bios, make sure both the HDD and mSATA are recognized. Change boot order. mSATA first. Save and exit. Log into whatever OS you want.
Hopefully this has been helpful.
07-31-2012 01:03 PM
Just remove the HDD, put the first OS onto the mSATA then when you put the second OS on the mSATA it should prompt you and ask if you want to partition the drive. then it should give you a measuring bar that will allow you to chose how much space you want each partition to have.
Hope this helps,
08-01-2012 05:58 AM
Good to hear Ggidzinski,
Best of luck, keep us informed of progress.
Hope it helps,
08-02-2012 06:59 AM
08-02-2012 07:03 AM
It does not matter which OS you load first. after that OS is on the mSATA go into BIOS to the Start-up menu. Make the mSATA the first thing to start up. Then exit and save changes from BIOS. Once out of BIOS start clicking F12. This will take you to the BOOT MENU. Form here run the DVD or CD drive that will have your second OS in it. This allows you to do a dual boot.
Does not matter what order you do the Operating Systems. just make sure you follow these steps for a successful dual boot.
Hope this helps,
08-03-2012 06:01 AM
Let me know how it goes.