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Installing a second 512GB SSD PCIe MLC OPAL2 for the purpose of running linux on it.

2018-04-22, 17:48 PM

Hi, I have a p51 thinkpad with one 512GB SSD PCIe MLC OPAL2 currently running Windows 10. I wish to add a second 512GB SSD PCIe MLC OPAL2 drive to the ssd port with linux os on it. Will I need a boot manager or will the bios detect the second os and give me an option of which os to boot? I also will be upgrading the ram. My p51 came with 16GB DDR4 2400MHz SODIMM and I would like to at least double this. I have a Intel Xeon E3-1505M v6 Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.0GHz) processor and hope to be able to run monte carlo simulations after the upgrades are made. Is their any compatability issues installing a different brand ssd? To optimize speed during the millions of calculations during a monte carlo sim, is their any particular make and model ssd you reccomend? Also, would you reccomend upgrading the cpu? Im a college student working on particle physics research at PSU and hope to be able to run the monte carlo sim off the server, maybe im dreaming, maybe im not. Thanks.


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Re: Installing a second 512GB SSD PCIe MLC OPAL2 for the purpose of running linux on it.

2018-08-09, 14:09 PM

Hi Juniper2000, just wanted to know if you managed to make this work. I am about to do the same and am also not clear regarding the need or not of a boot manager. In any case, I plan to remove the W10 original SSD before I install Linux Mint on the new SSD so I do not take the risk of screwing up the W10 configuration, but any input would be welcome. thanks ! Philippe

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