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lenovoman123
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How to partition a hard drive for a B50-70 for Linux? Any issues with doing this?

Hi

How do I partition a hard drive for a B50-70?

I would like to install Linux and keep Windows 8.1 too.

Will this affect the factory software example: back up hard drive function, OKR?

Any problems associated with partitioning B50-70s?

Is it complusory to have Windows 8.1 on a B50-7- Lenovo notebook?

What would happen if I got rid of the Windows 8.1 OS?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

 

Machine details:

B50-70

Model name: 20384

Windows 8.1

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Re: How to partition a hard drive for a B50-70 for Linux? Any issues with doing this?


@lenovoman123 wrote:

Hi

How do I partition a hard drive for a B50-70?

I would like to install Linux and keep Windows 8.1 too.

Will this affect the factory software example: back up hard drive function, OKR?

Any problems associated with partitioning B50-70s?

Is it complusory to have Windows 8.1 on a B50-7- Lenovo notebook?

What would happen if I got rid of the Windows 8.1 OS?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

 

Machine details:

B50-70

Model name: 20384

Windows 8.1


I would strongly suggest making your OKR disks before you attempt to do anything else...  Also - the distro of Linux you chose does make a differnce when you are trying to set it up in "dual boot" mode.  Most of the time I defaut to checking in with the developers of the distro and their forum for help with this subject.


I do not work for Lenovo, I only provide suggestions based on my personal willingness to help others. All advice and comments are based on my experience, and do not reflect Lenovo policy, terms or conditions.
lenovoman123
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Re: How to partition a hard drive for a B50-70 for Linux? Any issues with doing this?


@CBHedricks wrote:

I would strongly suggest making your OKR disks before you attempt to do anything else... 

Will a 32GB USB stick be enough make a copy of the OKR?

How do I do that?

 

Is the OKR part of Windows 8.1 or part of BIOS? Where does it reside?

If I clone the hard drive will the OKR be inlcuded?

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Re: How to partition a hard drive for a B50-70 for Linux? Any issues with doing this?

Anyone?
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Re: How to partition a hard drive for a B50-70 for Linux? Any issues with doing this?

I have not seen / heard of a successful use of flash drive for recovery purposes. The software defaults to using Optical Disks when I have used it on my G580.

If your notebook lacks a CD / DVD burner then you may need to contact support directly to discus this option.

As to where it resides? It is a hidden partition on the hard disk drive, usually not accessable.

Cloning the hard drive may not pick up on that hidden partition - it would have to be a bit to bit clone of the entire drive to work.

I would suggest downloading your maintenance manual from the Support site and read up on the recovery process for your specific notebook to be 100%.

CB

I do not work for Lenovo, I only provide suggestions based on my personal willingness to help others. All advice and comments are based on my experience, and do not reflect Lenovo policy, terms or conditions.
lenovoman123
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Re: How to partition a hard drive for a B50-70 for Linux? Any issues with doing this?


@CBHedricks wrote:

@lenovoman123 wrote:

Hi

How do I partition a hard drive for a B50-70?

I would like to install Linux and keep Windows 8.1 too.

Will this affect the factory software example: back up hard drive function, OKR?

Any problems associated with partitioning B50-70s?

Is it complusory to have Windows 8.1 on a B50-7- Lenovo notebook?

What would happen if I got rid of the Windows 8.1 OS?

 

Thanks in advance.

 

 

Machine details:

B50-70

Model name: 20384

Windows 8.1


I would strongly suggest making your OKR disks before you attempt to do anything else...  Also - the distro of Linux you chose does make a differnce when you are trying to set it up in "dual boot" mode.  Most of the time I defaut to checking in with the developers of the distro and their forum for help with this subject.


What should I ask those distro developers at their forum?

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Re: How to partition a hard drive for a B50-70 for Linux? Any issues with doing this?


@CBHedricks wrote:
I have not seen / heard of a successful use of flash drive for recovery purposes. The software defaults to using Optical Disks when I have used it on my G580.

If your notebook lacks a CD / DVD burner then you may need to contact support directly to discus this option.

As to where it resides? It is a hidden partition on the hard disk drive, usually not accessable.

Cloning the hard drive may not pick up on that hidden partition - it would have to be a bit to bit clone of the entire drive to work.

I would suggest downloading your maintenance manual from the Support site and read up on the recovery process for your specific notebook to be 100%.

CB

I have a CD burner.

Bit to bit also picks up deleted files I think?

 

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Re: How to partition a hard drive for a B50-70 for Linux? Any issues with doing this?


@CBHedricks wrote:
I have not seen / heard of a successful use of flash drive for recovery purposes. The software defaults to using Optical Disks when I have used it on my G580.

 

Under Backing up the system  page 23 of the manual says you can use an "external device".

 

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