Does CloudReady overwrite my existing operating system?




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    Will dual boot with MacOS be available?

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    Forrest Smith

    It is not now, and we have no plan to implement this. Sorry - we need to keep the dualboot functionality very limited to minimize variability and keep the whole thing stable.

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    David Wright

    I've already submitted a post here in the forum..I tried to install the CloudReady software on my older ACER laptop that previously had Windows Vista SP2 32-bit on it. First I tried the 'dual boot' method..didn't work. So I thought I'd try the 'standalone' method. I DID receive the warning that everything on my hard drive would be erased..but since I was so eager to try the CloudReady software I went ahead and proceeded anyway. I was informed that if the installation installed correctly the computer would shut down automatically..which it did. I thought that when I pressed the power button that my laptop would bootup to what I THOUGHT I had just installed (CloudReady)..instead NOTHING happened !! Now I have a laptop that's USELESS, and it won't let me re-install my original windows o.s. . I don't know what to do, I think the main issue of why I can't re-install windows is the fact that your software added many new partition's and changed their type to something windows doesn't recognize
    (Type GPT). I'm really perplexed that what I THOUGHT would turn out great..went SO BAD !! Can you PLEASE help me ??

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    Gary Hughes

    Hi David
    Just in case you haven't solved this problem after all this time, you could try an Ubuntu live installer and run gparted to wipe the drive and set up a new partition table.

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    That's why I'm trying running within a VM first, cloudready has posted a notice that dual boot is going away. This will be the first major OS to do so, and likely won't be the last. 

    Yet dual booting will still be available for awhile to come, just no longer for neverware. 

    Therefore, the current OS will be overwritten, be sure to create a Full drive image before the cloudready install. Or alternatively, if there's another HDD/SSD on hand, remove the installed one to give cloudready a try. This will save from having to restore an image, it's also likely OK to use a smaller drive than what's installed. In particular 500GGB to 1TB drives, as cloudready OS is based upon Google OS, which typically ships on notebooks with 16-32GB (most common) eMMC SSD's, kind of like those in smartphones. 

    So it's really a waste to have a large drive installed, especially when there's an unused smaller one available. These can also be obtained at very low cost on eBay, 60-100GB is perfect, just make sure that it's SATA-2 if the computer is, otherwise may run slow. 


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    Joseph Honnoll (Edited )

    Sara, Why can't y'all make a option to select which drive to install CR onto?

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    Joseph Honnoll

    cat1092, VM for CR isn't possible as far as I know of. CR makes alot of partitions though I'm not sure that has anything to do with VM but just saying. Pretty much when you try to install Windows you get a error meaning too many partitions for Windows to support

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