I have been meaning to dual boot Ubuntu 13.10/12.04 (or Linux Mint 16) along side my Windows 8.1. I have a Lenovo U410 with a hybrid drive (30 gb SSD for cache, 750 HDD). I found it really difficult to do so. My BIOS has something called UEFI mode (dunno really what that is) and while reading around, I understood that might cause some problems to a certain extent.
Things I have tried:
- Boot via flash drive created with pendrivelinux
- Made an ext4 partition on my HDD
- Start the installer
- Ubuntu did not see any other OS installed
- Was able to install it only on my SSD after I created a partition table on it.
I thought to myself that probably installing on the SSD should be fine, especially since I do not need more than 30GBs since I want to use it especially for scripting/developing.
Unfortunately, after I have done so, Ubuntu booted, but my windows refused to boot at all. It was probably given the fact that the cache was 'corrupt' with Ubuntu.
I then tried to install Ubuntu via wubi. It booted up okay, I can now dual boot. However, my windows performance drastically reduced since I installed Ubuntu via wubi. This happened to me in the past on some other laptop, but after I managed to partition it properly, everything was back to normal.
Any thoughts on how I should go about this? I really want Ubuntu since I find developing in it so much smoother than in windows.