I have a Lenovo Y580 laptop with a 1Tb hard drive and a ssd installed on the mSata.
So apparently Lenovo did something weird with the hard drive: there are already 4 partitions on the hard drive, and for some reason the Ubuntu install disk cannot detect my windows installation. I did some reading, and there seems to be additional problems with RapidDrive caching the SSD with the hard drive. I do not have the option of installing Ubuntu with my windows installation.
I do not want to lose my data and my work on my windows partition, so I decided that I am going to remove the hard drive and swap it with a spare hard drive that I have hanging around to do a fresh installation of ubuntu on the entire disk.
Should I remove the SSD in the mSata slot as well as the original hard drive? Will I potentially break my SSD?
EDIT I decided to remove the SSD just in case.
If I install Ubuntu on the spare hard drive, can I then remove it, put it in a usb drive enclosure, and put the original drive back in, then boot from the external hard drive? Would I have to install a boot loader on the original drive, or will the drive be able to boot from USB?