Howto dualboot with CloudReady



  • Forrest Smith

    Paul - this is great! Thanks for your careful instructions.

  • Bjarne Oldrup

    My laptop has to SSD drives, a regular one which I use for Windows 10, and a small on-board 24GB, that I'd really like to install CloudReady on... Any idea how to accomplish that?

  • Forrest Smith



    It sounds like you have a hybrid drive designed to combine SSD with HDD storage. Whether you'll be able to dualboot will depend on whether CloudReady sees those two devices as separate or combined.


    For instance, from a command line in live-booted CloudReady, if you run


    'sudo fdisk -l'


    you'll see a few big complex chunks of info, one grouping for each device. Since you have a a hard drive and the CloudReady USB in, you'll see at least a /dev/sda group and a /dev/sdb group.

    If the SSD and HDD are separate devices, you'll also see a /dev/sdc group.

    IF you determine that the three devices are independent, then your next task is to use the same output from sudo fdisk -l to figure out which device is which based on the total size of each device.


    Finally, once you know which one is which, you want to go find the manual/cmd line install instructions in the FAQ section of these forums, and when you do that set you install destination as the correct device.


    If you're not particularly technical, this could be a bit of an adventure, so proceed with caution.

  • Forrest Smith

    Hey guys - we have a beta of dualboot out now!


    Lots of warning, restrictions, provisions, etc apply - please read carefully:


  • Forrest Smith



    You may find suggestions and info around these forums (or here - resurrection NBD) but know that there is no official support from the Neverware team for dualbooting CloudReady with (other) Linux.

  • Forrest Smith

    I understand better now - thanks for clarifying (and for not expecting support for unsupported features! Refreshing (-;  )


    We usually recommend 32 GB for CR, tho it'll work comfortably on as little as 14 or so.


    You may need to look into a grub-implementation as would be typical any other Ubuntu dualboot situation. (CloudReady's efi/boot partition will be #27).

    Your one-time-boot menu might let you select between that at each boot up too. 

  • Forrest Smith



    While it might not be build specifically FOR local storage, you totally can download music and movies to it locally. The Downloads folder will give you as much space as the OS has (up to the full 256 GB) to store files. You can easily create dedicated Media folders inside it.

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